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We are at your side with advice and practical assistance in the event of changes to environmental and technical laws or the interpretation of existing laws. The most well-known examples are the Machinery Directive and the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act. We are also your contact for environmental and technical regulations for the BRIC states. With the help of VDMA-DaTeR, you can quickly and easily call up technical information on individual countries.
How can we achieve more sustainability in business? Which strategies and implementations are successful? On 28.10.2019 the Environmental Verification Committee invites to Berlin to discuss these questions. The VDMA is involved in the discussion. Registrations are still possible.
The deadline for the Federal Government's current monitoring of the National Action Plan for the Economy and Human Rights has been extended to 22 October. VDMA calls on its members to participate and provides extensive support material.
For a long time, the mechanical and plant engineering industry was convinced that regulations such as REACH and RoHS had a maximum indirect impact on it. Today, the customer demands "REACH and RoHS conformity" - even before the contract is concluded.
At the beginning of August, the Federal Environment Ministry (BMU) initiated the official association hearing on the amendment to the Closed Substance Cycle Waste Management Act. The deadline for comments is 9 September 2019.
The Federal Government launches a company survey ("Monitoring") on the subject of human rights. The VDMA expects the course to be set for future requirements. A participation of as many companies as possible is therefore essential!
Interpretation of IATF 16949:2016 Requirements - There is a fundamental requirement in IATF 16949:2016 that testing and calibration services should only be performed by ISO/ICE 17025 accredited laboratories.
Sustainable development aims to continuously improve the quality of life and well-being of citizens without compromising the well-being of future generations. This includes striving for economic progress while respecting the protection of the natural environment and promoting social justice. For these reasons, sustainable development is one of the most important tasks in the fundamental and overarching objectives of the European Union. Progress towards the objectives agreed at the United Nations will be regularly monitored and reported on.
On 22 July 2019, the so-called "open scope" of the RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU will enter into force. From that date, the substance restrictions will apply to a further wide range of electrical and electronic equipment.
The EU Commission has published guidelines for reporting on climate-related information, which in practice consist of a new addition to the existing non-financial reporting guidelines, which continue to apply.
Retailers in France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain are experiencing growing consumer demand for sustainably sourced products. Many work in partnership with their suppliers, both within and outside the European Union, to implement environmental and social standards in their companies. This was the result of an ITC business survey in five EU countries.
Many countries have or are developing product requirements for machine safety and environmental protection. Machine manufacturers are therefore often forced to build machines differently. To make matters worse, there are mandatory third party tests. Instead, the VDMA advocates effective market surveillance.
The Energy Efficiency Networks Initiative honoured the participants in three particularly innovative energy efficiency networks. Among the winners was also the "VDMA Energy Efficiency Network Voith Turbo" (sponsor: VDMA). The other two award winners are the "SIHK Network for Energy and Resource Efficiency (REGINEE Südwestfalen)" (winner: SIHK Hagen/ VEA) and the "Klimapakt Münchner Wirtschaft" (winner: City of Munich).
In its new main report "Our Common Digital Future", the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU) calls for digital change to be shaped in such a way that it serves as a lever and support for sustainability.
On 11 and 12 April, the EU Member States and the EU Commission will once again deal with the approval of chromium VI in the REACH Regulatory Committee under the regime of the European Chemicals Regulation REACH.
The application phase for the German Innovation Award for Climate and Environment (IKU) started on 27 March. Until 28 June 2019, German companies and research institutions with outstanding innovations in the field of climate and environmental protection can apply for the award, which has already been announced for the seventh time.
When it comes to machinery, the question arises as to whether the EU Declaration of Conformity or the Declaration of Incorporation has a validity period and whether the manufacturer should note the validity period.
Next week, the compromise from the trialogue negotiations on a new EU regulation on market surveillance and enforcement will be submitted for approval to the Committee of Permanent Representatives of the Member States (Coreper).
Environmental pollution, population growth, climate change, availability of raw materials - the careful and efficient use of resources is more important than ever. Products that are characterized by high material and energy efficiency over their entire life cycle are just as much a solution as services that help to conserve resources.
The times in which REACH and RoHS were foreign words for mechanical and plant engineering are over. In addition, the customer increasingly wants the so-called "REACH, RoHS or material compliance" to be confirmed.
The promotional programme "Waste heat utilisation in commercial enterprises" is successful. The approximately 1,300 initiated projects will save 1.4 million tons of CO2 annually from 2020 onwards. This significantly exceeds the target of 1 million tonnes of CO2 per year.
The European Commission regards environmental and social standards as an essential part of its economic policy. This offers opportunities for mechanical engineering companies - but also the danger of additional requirements.
The four Regional Network Agencies Sustainability Strategies (RENN) in cooperation with the German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE) are again awarding 40 projects with the quality seal "Project Sustainability" (formerly Werkstatt-N) this year.
The prospects for sustainable development in Germany are "bright to cloudy". As reported by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) on the occasion of the publication of the Indicator Report 2018 on the German Sustainability Strategy, the achievement of some of the targets has not yet been ensured.
Am 09. November 2018 fand in Minsk (Weißrussland) die Konferenz „Eurasische Wirtschaftsunion - Bedeutung, Erfolge, Entwicklungschancen“ mit dem Ziel einer intensiveren Zusammenarbeit zwischen Deutschland und der EAWU statt.
Approximately 7,100 companies are currently being contacted by the Federal Government and informed about the National Action Plan for Business and Human Rights (NAP), with which they are to exercise human rights due diligence along their supply chain.
The single European market needs a single piece of legislation to ensure the secure exchange of company and product data. The planned Cybersecurity Act is the wrong approach because it continues the fragmented regime of the Member States.
Around 100 of the leading users of drive technology from Germany, as well as the VDMA member SCHUNK GmbH & Co KG from Laufen, participate in the "Magcycle" magnetic take-back system to collect their magnetic waste.
In future, German companies will be able to carry out a free "CSR Risk Check" on the local human rights situation and on environmental, social and governance issues in developing and emerging countries.
Mit der Verordnung über Anlagen zum Umgang mit wassergefährdenden Stoffen (AwSV) wurde der anlagenbezogene Gewässerschutz einer bundeseinheitlichen Regelung unterworfen. Der Vollzug ist jedoch nach wie vor uneinheitlich.
Your company stands for responsible management, you have sustainable business models or you want to drive them forward and you want to further improve your sustainability performance? Then it's time to tell others about your success. Join in!
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