About: Chemicals (REACH)

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Energy efficiency: what role for chemicals in reducing greenhouse emissions?

The buildings sector is one of the largest contributors to global greenhouse gas emissions. Moreover, buildings account for about 40% of the total amount of energy consumption in the EU. The European Commission acknowledged this in its Energy Efficiency Directive stating that “the greatest energy savings potential lies in buildings”. The chemicals sector has already significantly reduced its emissions, but there is still potential to reduce them further.
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REACH Review: Re-opening a can of worms?

The review of the REACH regulation published early 2013, is meant to assess the positive and negative impacts of REACH. The review could however lead to a legislative revision in the future. Will REACH be able to create a balance between regulation, competitiveness and innovation? • Given the costs involved in the REACH process, prices for certain end products could increase. How can industry remain competitive throughout the entire supply chain? What will be the impact on SMEs?
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Reach authorisation: What impact for industry, SMEs and consumers?

Authorisation, one of the REACH processes for managing risks of substances of very high concern (SVHC), has the ultimate aim of phasing out SVHC of non-essential uses. In order to obtain an authorisation, companies must prove either that the risk to health and the environment is controlled or there are strong socio- economic arguments. After 5 years, it is important to draw some lessons from the efficiency of REACH, whilst at the same time reviewing the Risk Management part of the legislation.
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REACH Review: Looking ahead at 2013 and 2018

The review of the REACH regulation in 2012, 6 years after adoption, is meant to assess the positive and negative impacts of REACH that could translate in a potential legislative revision later on.