About: ROHS

Toxic cadmium one step closer to EU-wide ban

The European Parliament voted last week to re-assess the use of cadmium in TV sets sold across Europe, saying safer alternatives to the toxic and carcinogenic substance were now widely available.

Cadmium ban in TVs: Balancing innovation and regulation

An iIll-considered regulation to ban cadmium from European TV sets could promote other toxic substances, while decreasing energy efficiency and stifling innovation, argues Jim Willis.
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Parliament must bar toxic cadmium from Europe

TVs containing cadmium are no longer available in Europe since a ban was decided under the 2002 Directive on Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) in electrical and electronic equipment. But cadmium could return via the back door following intense lobbying efforts by some manufacturers, writes Michael Edelman.

Lawmakers seal deal on toxic substances in electronic goods

An updated EU law on restricting the use of toxic chemicals in electronic devices leaves little room for exemptions and lists a number of new substances for further scientific scrutiny in view of extending a black list of banned substances.
Public Affairs 22-04-2010

Solar industry divided over EU toxic substances law

Solar panel manufacturers are fighting to be excluded from EU legislation restricting the use of dangerous chemicals in electronic products. But some voices are calling for greater scrutiny of the industry, illustrating a technology war between rival companies.
Climate change 20-07-2006

EU plans revision of intricate e-waste laws

Broad disparities in the way EU directives on electric and electronic waste are interpreted at national level have prompted the Commission to start reviewing the laws even before they started to apply on 1 July.

Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)

The directive on Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) aims to increase the re-use, recycling and recovery of waste from a variety of consumer products ranging from light bulbs to PCs, mobile phones, medical devices and sports equipment. The WEEE directive is complemented by a directive on the Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances (RoHS) in electrical and electronic equipment. The two directives came into force in 2003 but have come under fire for being too complicated, too costly and even for being impossible to implement.
Climate change 09-09-2003

Electrical waste: MEPs agree to modification of producer responsibility rules

On 8 September, the EP Environment Committee gave its support to a Commission proposal amending the rules for producer responsibility in the Directive on waste from electrical and electronic equipment.
Climate change 20-12-2002

EP and Council formally adopt tough new rules for electronic waste

On 18 December, the Parliament and the council gave their final approval on the draft directives on the electronic waste (WEEE) and on the use of hazardous substances in electrical equipment (ROHS).
Climate change 14-10-2002

Conciliation compromise defines rules for electronic waste

On 11 October, the Conciliation Committee between the Parliament and the Council reached an agreement on the electronic waste directive (WEEE). The compromise accepted the parliament's demand for individual producer responsibility.
Climate change 11-04-2002

Parliament strengthens producer responsibility for electronic waste

On 10 April 2002, the European Parliament adopted its opinion on the draft directives on electronic waste and hazardous substances. Contrary to the Council's recommendation, the MEPs voted for individual producer responsibility and raised the compulsory collection targets.
Climate change 09-04-2002

European Parliament to take decision on electronic waste

On 10 April 2002, the European Parliament is expected to adopt its opinion on the draft directives on electronic waste and hazardous substances. The organisation of producer responsibility will most likely lead to tough negotiations.
Climate change 22-03-2002

MEPs opt for collective producer responsibility for orphan electroscrap

On 21 March, the European Parliament's Environment Committee went against industry's demands and voted for collective responsibility of orphan waste in the WEEE directive.
Climate change 20-03-2002

MEPs to vote on electronic waste directive

On 21 March, the European Parliament's Environment Committee will adopt reports on the WEEE directive and environmental crime.
Climate change 20-02-2002

EP Environment Committee discusses position on electronic waste

On 19 February, the European Parliament's Environment Committee discussed a draft recommendation for the secon reading of the WEEE directive.
Climate change 15-02-2002

Industry, NGOs and consumers join forces on electronic waste

In the run-up to the second reading in the Parliament, industry, environmental NGOs and consumers published a joint statement on producer responsibility in the WEEE directive.
Climate change 04-02-2002

NGOs call for stricter rules on electronic waste

In the run-up to the second reading in the Parliament of the electronic waste directive, environmental NGOs are asking MEPs to tighten up the common position of the Council.
Climate change 08-06-2001

Ministers for Environment agree on electroscrap legislation

EU environment ministers manage to reach common position on WEEE and ROHS directives
Climate change 17-05-2001

Parliament clears way for tougher electroscrap legislation

European Parliament adopts in first reading several amendments to Commission proposals dealing with electrical and electronic waste

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