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22

Dec 2015

EU Commission publishes Action Plan for Circular Economy

On 22, Dec 2015 | In News @en | By Lisa Schmidt

PfeileGrün_dark_dan at FreeDigitalPhotosThe European Commission has recently published the long awaited second version of its Circular Economy Package. The first package had been published by the former Barroso Commission and had been withdrawn by the Juncker Commission shortly after taking office. However the Juncker Commission had promised to provide a new, more ambitious package by the end of 2015.

With the new Circular Economy Package, the Commission aims to increase the recycling and preparation for re-use of municipal waste in general as well as packaging waste, harmonise the calculation of collection and recycling targets throughout the Member States and reduce the landfilling of municipal waste.

For the first time, the Commission also aims to define minimum common requirements for extend producer responsibility schemes. Besides that, the package includes measures in the Ecodesign working plan for 2015-2017 to promote reparability, durability and recyclability of products, in addition to the already planned energy efficiency measures. Electrical and electronic products will be a major target for these actions.

A strategy on plastics and a report on critical raw materials shall follow in 2017.
Overall, the Commission targets to carry out all necessary actions for a regulatory framework for the development of a circular economy before 2020.

The full text of the Action Plan and the legislative proposals can be found on the Commission website: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/circular-economy/index_en.htm

21

Dec 2015

Five New SVHCs added to REACH Candidate List

On 21, Dec 2015 | In News @en, REACH | By Lisa Schmidt

Test tube green_kleinOn 17 of December the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has added 5 new Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) to the REACH Candidate List. The Candidate List now contains 168 substances.
The 5 new entries refer to:

Nitrobenzene (EC No. 202-716-0), which has been added to the list due to its reproductive toxicity properties. The substance is used in the manufacturing process of other substances, e.g. as an intermediate for further chemical processing.

2,4-di-tert-butyl-6-(5-chlorobenzotriazol-2-yl)phenol (UV-327) (EC No. 223-383-8) and 2-(2H-benzotriazol-2-yl)-4-(tert-butyl)-6-(sec-butyl)phenol (UV-350) (EC No. 253-037-1), which were added to the list because of their very persistent and very bioaccumulative properties. Both substances are used as UV-protection agents in coatings, plastics, rubber and cosmetics.

1,3-propanesultone (EC No. 214-317-9), which has been added to the list due to its carcinogenic properties. This SVHC substance is used as an electrolyte fluid of lithium ion batteries.

Perfluorononan-1-oic-acid and its sodium and ammonium salts (EC No. 206-801-3), which has been added to the list due to its persistent, bioaccumulative, toxic and reproductive toxicity properties. The substance is used as a: processing aid for fluoropolymer manufacture, lubricating oil additive, surfactant for fire extinguishers, cleaning agent, textile antifouling finishing agent, polishing surfactant, waterproofing agents and in liquid crystal display panels.

More information on http://echa.europa.eu/view-article/-/journal_content/title/five-new-substances-of-very-high-concern-added-to-the-candidate-list

08

Dec 2015

Copyright Levies in Europe – 1cc Webinar with Bitkom

On 08, Dec 2015 | In Copyright Levies, Events | By Lisa Schmidt

In cooperation with industry association Bitkom, 1cc GmbH is offering a webinar series with respect to copyright levies legislation. The series is open to everyone and it is to be continued until February 2016.

Wolfram Kühn, Senior Consultant at 1cc GmbH, will provide an insight into the multifaceted and complex matter of copyright levies in selected countries.

First Date: 14 December 2015
Time: 10:30 CET
Sign up at Bitkom Akademie: Copyright Levies in Europe – a broader view 

This first live online webinar series will be held in German. However, an English version of the presentation will be available in the near future.

Partially extreme high levies are claimed in most EU-Countries from manufacturers, importers and retailers for every computer, tablet, printer, hard disk, memory card and smartphone sold. The list of levied products is growing steadily. Obligations of manufacturers, importers and retailers are quite complex and different across countries. However, international companies have to be aware of their liabilities wherever they do business. They have to meet formal obligations, consider correct amount of levies within their pricing and adjust their marketing. Cross-border trade makes one thing compulsory: Information, preferably independently checked, comprehensive, up-to-date and reliable.

The live online webinar from BITKOM and 1cc is meant to discuss the following topics for Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Netherlands, and the United Kingdom:
– Legal requirements for liability
– Process to determine levies
– Concerned products, amount of levies, development of tariffs
– Liability for direct cross-border trade (distance selling)
– Current developments

01

Dec 2015

1cc Webinars – The New German WEEE Legislation and its Counterparts in Other European Countries

On 01, Dec 2015 | In Events | By Lisa Schmidt

 

ESchrottSammlung3_quadrThe implementation of the EU WEEE Directive (2012/19/EU) is accomplished in most of the EU Member Countries. Germany’s transposition, the so called new ElektroG, has entered into force on October 24, 2015. The new ElektroG introduces some major changes to producers’ obligations. Furthermore, Stiftung ear has adapted the registration procedures to meet the new requirements. Globally acting companies producing or selling EEE across Europe face the challenge to understand the impact of the new legal requirements on their business in all their target markets.

Stefanie Enders, Legal Counsel at 1cc GmbH, will provide an insight into the main elements of the new ElektroG for German and foreign producers, and how these are put into practice across Europe.

Please below further details of these webinars:

Date: December 4, 2015
Time: 10:00 a.m. CET

Language: German
Sign up: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/609880779012798978

 

Date: December 9, 2015
Time: 5:30 p.m. CET

Language: English
Sign up: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/208169808087001602

Participation in these 1cc Webinars is free. However, the number of participants in each webinar will be limited to 20 attendees.

23

Nov 2015

1cc Webinar – WEEE Legislation in the EU-Impact on Manufacturers and Distributors of 3D Printers

On 23, Nov 2015 | In Events, News @en | By Lisa Schmidt

During the past 3 years, the 28 EU Member States have implemented the updates that came with the so called WEEE-Recast 2012/19/EU.

Being one of the last Member States to implement the EU-Directive into national Law, the new German ElektroG entered into force on October 24, 2015.

Katrin Schneikert, Senior Counsel at 1cc GmbH, will provide an insight into the main elements for producers and distributors of 3 D printers, and how these are put into practice across Europe.

Date: Tue, Dec 8, 2015
Time: 4:00 – 5:00 PM, CET

Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/7803224497175395842

PS: Participation in the 1cc Webinar is free. However, the number of participants in the webinar will be limited to 20 attendees.

09

Nov 2015

1cc Webinar – The New German WEEE Legislation and its Counterparts in Other European Countries

On 09, Nov 2015 | In Events | By Lisa Schmidt

The implementation of the EU WEEE Directive (2012/19/EU) is accomplished in most of the EU Member Countries. Germany’s transposition, the so called new ElektroG, has entered into force on October 24, 2015. The new ElektroG introduces some major changes to producers’ obligations. Furthermore, Stiftung ear is adapting registration procedures to meet the new requirements.

Globally acting companies producing or selling EEE across Europe face the challenge to understand the impact of the new legal requirements on their business in all their target markets.

Meike Ruoff, Director at 1cc GmbH, will provide an insight into the main elements of the new ElektroG for German and foreign producers, and how these are put into practice across Europe.

Date: November 12, 2015
Time: 3 p.m. CET
Sign up: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7404276598329553921

Participation in this 1cc Webinar is free. However, the number of participants in the webinar will be limited to 20 attendees.

06

Nov 2015

Major Changes from the New German WEEE Regulation (ElektroG)

On 06, Nov 2015 | In News @en, WEEE | By Lisa Schmidt

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The new ElektroG transposing the EU WEEE Directive (2012/19/EU) into German law has entered into force on October 24, 2015.

Producers, retailers and distance sellers have to fulfil a number of new and modified obligations from the new ElektroG, e.g.

  • Definition of “producer” has been extended to distance sellers from abroad offering or selling EEE directly to German end-users
  • Foreign producers have to appoint a German authorized representative, who fulfils all responsibilities under the new ElektroG in his own name, such as registration, reporting, information of users etc. Moreover, foreign producers need to adapt their registration with Stiftung ear accordingly
  • Guarantee requirements have been changed: i.e. the blocked bank account is not accepted anymore as financial guarantee from 2016, however a new option for smaller volumes has been introduced
  • Retailers with a sales area for EEE of at least 400m² have to take back small EEE (with a maximum edge length of 25 cm) from consumers free of charge and without the consumer buying new products; in the case of direct sellers (e.g. webshops) each EEE storage and consignment area in Germany is considered
  • Information of consumers: producers and retailers have to inform private households about the take back possibility they have setup, the erasure of personal data before returning WEEE, and the meaning of the crossed-out wheeled waste bin symbol
  • Fee schedule (“Gebührenverzeichnis”) has been changed: some fees charged by Stiftung ear have been decreased, others have been increased considerably; moreover new fees have been introduced, e.g. for the approval of an authorized representative and for the change of the registered type of equipment after reassignment
  • The catalogue of sanctions has been extended: now also e.g. improper labelling and the improper setup of an authorized representative are regarded as a regulatory offence and can be fined

So far only a German version is available:  http://www.bgbl.de/xaver/bgbl/start.xav?startbk=Bundesanzeiger_BGBl&jumpTo=bgbl115s1739.pdf
The related new cost ordinance (ElektroGGebV) can be found here:  http://www.bgbl.de/xaver/bgbl/start.xav?startbk=Bundesanzeiger_BGBl&jumpTo=bgbl115s1776.pdf

1cc is happy to advise you individually in analyzing the impact of new requirements on your business and on your WEEE registrations. Furthermore, 1cc has developed several new services in order to support your company to fulfil new and modified obligations from the new ElektroG.

For more information, please contact us at info@1cc-consulting.com.

04

Nov 2015

1cc Exhibits and Presents at 3rd China UM Expo in Shanghai

On 04, Nov 2015 | In Events | By Lisa Schmidt

This year the 3rd China Urban Mining Expo (and China International Environmental Production Solid Waste, Waste Treatment, Renewable Resources Expo) will take place in Shanghai, China from Nov. 4th to 6th, 2015.

The expo was permitted by China Ministry of Commerce, supported by China National Development and Reform Commission, Ministry of Finance, MEP etc. and organized by China Renewable Resource Collection and Utilization Association.

1cc consultant Ms. Yun Zhang will give the presentation „WEEE take-back responsibility and experience in EU” in the afternoon of Nov. 5th, 2015. The presentation will focus on the producer responsibility and experiences on mandatory and voluntary WEEE take-back in EU.

1cc will participate at the expo at its own booth in expo zone “Technology and Research”. We are looking forward to meeting you!

Further Information: www.um-expo.cn

26

Oct 2015

New German ElektroG2: 1cc Support for Retailers and Distant Sellers

On 26, Oct 2015 | In News @en, WEEE | By Lisa Schmidt

ESchrottSammlung3_quadrAs one of the last EU member states, Germany has put into force its implementation of the EU WEEE Directive 2012/19/EU into national law last Saturday: The ElektroG2 went effective on October 24, 2015. Compared to the former ElektroG1, the new ElektroG2 foresees various changes and new obligations also for retailers and distance sellers.

 

As distributors will have to face new collection requirements at point-of-sale (0:1 and 1:1 take-back), we offer collection solutions which could be easily established, together with our sister company TechProtect. These collection solutions are completed by our comprehensive consulting for obliged distributors of electrical and electronic equipment, e.g. with respect to new notification and information requirements, as well as our administrative services.

 

For more information, please contact info@1cc-consulting.com.

22

Oct 2015

German ElektroG2: New 1cc Services for the appointment of an AR

On 22, Oct 2015 | In News @en, WEEE | By Lisa Schmidt

Mobiles_quadratAs one of the last EU member states, Germany transposes the new EU WEEE Directive (2012/19/EU) into national law: The ElektroG2 will enter into force on October 24, 2015. One of the most important changes refers to the new producer definition and the appointment of an Authorized Representative (AR).

A foreign distance seller who sells directly to end-users in Germany is then explicitly mentioned to be the “producer” and will therefore have to fulfil all producer obligations as e.g. registering and reporting. In order to manage this task, he will have to appoint an AR. If a foreign manufacturer sells its products via the distribution channel, the importer is considered to be the “producer”. However, the law still provides the possibility that the manufacturer appoints an AR in Germany who assumes all obligations.

1cc has elaborated different courses of action to ensure your future WEEE compliance in Germany:

1. Evaluation of your current WEEE obligations (sales via an importer, only distance selling, sales via an importer and distance selling)

2. Individual assessment of the options to appoint an AR:

  • Appoint a German entity of your company group as your AR
  • Appoint a German distribution partner as your AR
  • Contract a third party service provider as your AR
  • Set up an new German-based entity as your AR

3. Organising the necessary contracting with the selected AR and adaptation of your registration with Stiftung ear

For more information, please contact us at info@1cc-consulting.com