24th November 2015

European Chemical Agency

The European Chemical Agency (ECHA) is consulting the proposed authorisation of eleven substances. Consultation closes on 18th February 2016. The substances are: • Dihexyl phthalate and 1,2-benzenedicarboxylic acid, dihexyl ester, branched and linear (plasticiser in PVC); • HHPA and MHHPA (hardener for epoxy resins); • Trixylyl phosphate (in lubricants, hydraulic fluids and plastics production); • Two boron compounds: sodium perborate; perboric acid, sodium salt and sodium peroxometaborate (in detergents and bleaching products); • Four lead compounds: orange lead (lead tetroxide); lead monoxide (lead oxide); tetralead trioxide sulphate andpentalead tetraoxide sulphate (batteries and rubber production, in adsorbents)

23rd November 2015

European Commission

The European Commission is consulting on the streamlining, monitoring and reporting obligations in environment policy. Consultation closes 10th February 2016.

This “fitness check” aims to ensure that environmental monitoring and reporting is fit for purpose: delivering the right information, at the right time and in an efficient way.

23rd November 2015

Renewable Energy Directive

The European Commission is consulting as part of preparation of a new Renewable Energy Directive for the period after 2020. Consultation closes 10th February 2016.

The objective of this survey is to consult stakeholders and citizens on the new renewable energy directive (REDII) for the period 2020-2030, foreseen before the end of 2016. The bioenergy sustainability policy, which will form part as well of the new renewable energy package, will be covered by a separate public consultation.