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This study prepared by INERIS for CEWEP, ESWET and FEAD addresses the question of performance of monitoring techniques for air emissions, in particular in the framework of the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED). Its focus is on the reliability and accuracy of measurements at very low concentrations, which has significant implications on the drawing up of Best available techniques REFerence documents (BREFs), the setting of IED-based BAT-Associated Emission Levels (BATAELs) and the relative BATAEL-based ELVs.
 
This updated version of the study was done to take into account the comments that were made on the original study, published in summer 2016, by national experts of different Member States and from experts of the European IPPC Bureau. It also includes additional results of measurement campaign obtained by INERIS during tests for certification confirmation where laboratories are compared, which illustrate the relative uncertainties as a function of concentrations.
 
The report concludes that for several substances high measurement uncertainty is observed at significantly lower concentrations than the IED’s ELVs, therefore it is desirable to maintain daily ELVs at levels necessary to keep a minimal risk when declaring whether an AMS is compliant or not in respect with standard requirements.

The report is available for download here.

In light of the ENVI Committee’s upcoming vote on the Plastics Strategy on July 10, FEAD, the EU private waste and resource management industry, welcomes MEP Mark Demesmaeker’s draft own-initiative report. However, FEAD would like to highlight crucial points that need to be touched upon in order for the Plastics Strategy to be fully effective.

A strong demand for recycled plastics will only result from concrete binding actions accompanied by economic measures to bridge the price gap detrimental to plastics from recyclates. FEAD members welcome the amendments calling for mandatory rules on recycled content which will stimulate the demand for secondary materials and therefore help drive the necessary investment in collection, sorting and recycling. From this perspective, FEAD supports the idea of a reduced VAT for products with recycled content, which will allow recycled plastics to compete with virgin polymers. You may find our full press release here.

Single-use plastics proposal: a missed opportunity to ensure the uptake of recycled plastics?

FEAD welcomes the publication, earlier this week, of the Commission’s proposal related to single-use plastics, aimed at reducing their impact on the environment.

Our industry sees it as another step towards a more circular economy. The private waste and resources management industry plays a key role in making this progress by collecting, sorting, preparing waste and, finally, providing high quality recycled materials and green energy for Europe’s manufacturers and consumers. But an even stronger leadership from EU policy makers is needed to provide the right legal framework and market signals.

We urge the EU decision makers to make sure that the finally adopted Directive foresees that the Commission will come up with a proposal on binding recycled content for selected products by 2025.

For more information, please find the press release.

FEAD and EuRIC welcomes the publication of the Commission’s proposal related to single-use plastics, aimed at reducing their impact on the environment.

EuRIC and FEAD members deeply regret that the text wrongly sees Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)2 schemes as one of the main instruments to tackle issues stemming from single use plastics and failed to embed a commitment towards legally binding proposals on recycled content in selected products.

Therefore, we urge the EU co-legislator to make sure that the finally adopted Directive foresees a proposal on binding recycled content at first for plastic bottles with regards to the targets already set in the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive.

You can find our full joint position paper here.

FEAD: Open markets for waste for recovery is a prerequisite for the transition to a circular economy

On 15 May 2018, FEAD President Jean-Marc Boursier, and Anne Baum-Rudischhauser, Managing Director of BDE Brussels, FEAD German member association, welcomed participants to a FEAD’s event in Munich. Representatives from the EU institutions, national governments, NGOs and the European waste and resource management industry attended the event which took place in the context of the IFAT Fair 2018.

Jean-Marc Boursier: “The theme of the day is debated at a very opportune moment: the Circular Economy Package has been adopted launching the beginning of hard work for the European Commission (EC) and Member States to ensure that the set targets are reached. In parallel, the EC is carrying out an evaluation of the Waste Shipment Regulation (WSR) which will pave the way to a potential revision of this Regulation in 2020. Furthermore, the recent measures introduced by China are a wake-up call for the European Union.”

For more information, please find the press release here.