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Four new substances have been added to the SVHC candidate list, which now contains 205 substances.
As of January 2021, there are new obligations for suppliers of articles in which substances on the REACH Candidate List (SVHC) exceed 0.1 percent by weight.
The German federal government examines the extent to which companies based in Germany comply with their human rights due diligence obligations. Decisions on further legal steps are dependent on this.
In the currently presented draft of ProgRess III, the Federal Government proclaims among other things an extension of the non-financial reporting obligation.
Figuring at the top of the agenda and the three words on everyone’s lips in Brussels, the Green New Deal positions the new European Commission as a global leader on climate action. VDMA European Office takes a look at the planned measures and their potential impact on the mechanical engineering sector.
VDMA welcomes the Commission proposal for a Green New Deal. This is an encouraging first step on the path to reaching the EU’s climate targets which puts industrial policy back on the European Commission’s agenda. Mrs von der Leyen has shown her Green Agenda is more than an election campaign and is prepared to act.
The statistics on installations subject to mandatory inspection published by Destatis in November 2019 show that most of the installations inspected in 2018 had no or only minor defects.
The European Parliament and the Council have agreed on a compromise on the classification of Sustainable Ffinance, the so-called EU Taxonomy.
For many companies in the mechanical and plant engineering industry, fulfilling the manufacturer's obligations under REACH and RoHS poses a major challenge. The VDMA now provides its members with non-binding handouts which can be used to design company-specific communication of "REACH and RoHS information" in the respective supply chain.
Since the debate on plastic waste in our oceans dominates the public discussion, the transformation of our economic into a circular economy has been on top of the agenda.
On the occasion of the High-Level Political Forum for Sustainable Development of the United Nations, the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) is now making data on the 17 global sustainable development goals (SDGs) of the United Nations available on a new online platform.
Version 2.2 of the new guideline for the Machinery Directive is now available. Read the official legal interpretation on machine safety.
The CSR Risk Check is aimed at all companies that purchase or trade raw materials, products or services nationally or internationally. It's good to know what risks your company is exposed to along the supply chain.
The VDMA has long been fighting for the manufacturer's self-declaration in the marketing of European machine and plant engineering products. In the future, this point of view should be represented even more intensively in countries outside the European Economic Union.
On 25 November 2019, the Federal Environment Ministry published the first Ordinance amending the Ordinance on Installations for Handling Substances Hazardous to Water (AwSV).
The public consultation on hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment is open until 6 December 2019 (midnight Brussels time).
The invitation to tender for the German Environmental Award 2020, which as every year is awarded by the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU), has begun.
The catalogue of installations requiring monitoring in Section 9 of the Product Safety Act is to be updated, as the catalogue dates from the 1950s.
With the online tool due diligence ready! the European Commission wants to support small and medium-sized enterprises in the responsible procurement of minerals and metals.
Climate change is at the top of the agenda: this applies to politics, legislation and business.
VDMA calls on its members to participate and provides extensive support material. The deadline for the Federal Government's current monitoring of the National Action Plan for the Economy and Human Rights has been extended to 31 October.
At their meeting on 4 October, the environment ministers of the EU member states adopted conclusions on "More circularity - Transition to a sustainable society".
Products such as refrigerators, electric motors or welding equipment are in future subject to new requirements for example concerning energy efficiency.
From 1 October 2020, electrical equipment for use in explosion-protected areas may no longer be imported, sold or produced without China Compulsory Certification (CCC) and the CCC label.
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.
The DAkkS decision 03/2018 had caused a sensation in some areas. In order to remove ambiguities, the parties concerned discuss the text with the DAkkS.
The Indian government has commissioned the preparation of a set of rules for the placing on the market of machinery.
With the declaration of the Circular Plastic Alliance, the EU is taking an important step towards more recycling in Europe.
The public consultation on the assessment of restrictions on the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (RoHS) has started.
The topic of sustainability is increasingly becoming the focus of companies. Family businesses are often at an advantage because sustainability is almost a component of their DNA.
From 1 September to 15 October 2019, companies that stand up for social, societal and ecological responsibility can apply.
The catalogue of requirements of the current version of NR 12 represents an outstanding step towards the European Machinery Directive.
With this monitoring, the Federal Government would like to obtain a comprehensive evaluation of the state of implementation of human rights due diligence by companies based in Germany.
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!
The EU Commission has carried out a public consultation on "Sustainability requirements for batteries" in order to assess opportunities to promote the sustainable design and use of batteries.
Sustainable finance: On 18 June 2019, the Technical Expert Group (TEG) published its Technical report on EU taxonomy. The report sets out the basis for a future EU taxonomy in legislation.
The use of the accreditation symbol, e.g. for marketing purposes, is regulated in DAkkS document 71 SD 0 011, but questions arise again and again.
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.
Cybersecurity needs further legislation to allow the Internal Market to make an effective contribution to digitisation.
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.
The population assesses environmental and climate protection by relevant actors (industry, federal government, municipalities) as insufficient.
The planned changes for version 2.2 of the Guidance Document are summarised in a working document available before the publication of the Guidance Document.
On 27 May 2019, the EU Commission launched a public consultation to review the Industrial Emissions Directive. Feedback is possible until 19 August 2019.
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.
The VDMA will also be represented in the new appointment period of the Industrial Safety Committee and will chair it.
On 24 May 2019, VDMA members exchanged views with industry representatives on Industry 4.0 and OPC UA, changes to CCC and new requirements of exhaust gas legislation.
The current concept of the Brazilian Machinery Safety Directive NR 12 reduces bureaucratic effort and defines responsibilities more clearly.
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.
Version 2.1 of the official guide to the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC has been available since June 2017. Now available: The german translation.
Expectations of the Federal Government and possibilities for implementation
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 "Implementing Decision (EU) 2019/436" with an unconsolidated list of harmonized standards caused a stir about the status of EN ISO 12100.
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).
The European Parliament adopted the new Market Surveillance Regulation in its plenary session on 17 April. Online trading should be better captured.
The revision of the Machinery Directive is making progress. The new Market Surveillance Regulation is to be adopted on 17 April. Both regulations are important for machine manufacturers.
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.
As part of its Sustainable Finance Action Plan, the Commission has launched a consultation with the aim of establishing new guidelines for companies' reporting on climate-related information.
VDMA supports reliable guidelines for climate protection in Germany - Fixed sector targets do not fit in with a changing energy system - "Immediate programmes" and six-month horizons are poison for sensible investment decisions
Companies that successfully meet the ecological and social challenges of the future can now apply for the 12th German Sustainability Award.
In two new position papers, the VDMA outlines the opportunities, challenges and necessary legal framework conditions of the circular-flow economy.
In the USA and Canada, different requirements apply for safe commissioning of machines than in Europe.
The UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed) marking is the new British product marking. For the time being, the CE marking will continue to be recognised.
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 results of the Coal Commission provide important impulses for the restructuring of the energy system. Now economic and ecological expertise must be brought together.
The objectives of these events are diveded in two topics: - on 13 February: Business & Policy and -on 14 February: Key policy requirements needed to promote the widespread adoption of circular economy
From 1 January 2019, so-called "packaging subject to system participation" must be registered with the LUCID packaging register, otherwise there is a risk of hefty fines.
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.
German government launches campaign to announce UN sustainability goals.
The VDMA member company and partner of the sustainability initiative Blue Competence Herrmann Ultraschall GmbH & Co. KG inaugurated its new ultrasound campus at the end of November 2018.
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.
Accredited testing and calibration laboratories must convert their accreditation to the revised ISO 17025:2018 by 30 November 2020.
Event on 6 November in Brussels to raise awareness of the New Legislative Framework.
In the mechanical engineering sector, there are increasing inquiries about sustainability in the supply chain. In order to support members in dealing with this, the VDMA now offers telephone advice.
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.
This year, the Federal Government will begin to examine companies for compliance with the human rights duty of care. The VDMA has established a Peer Learning Group for its members.
The European Parliament has approved a resolution on the implementation of the EU Plastics Strategy with the aim of increasing the recycling rate in the EU.
In 2018 the European Commission launched for the first time ever a European Sustainability Award to reward the efforts and creativity of European people, businesses and organisations
The information sheet compiles the most important information on the consequences of SVHC listing of lead for mechanical engineering.
The European Commission has classified the Machinery Directive as fit for purpose - even in times of digitalization.
The intensification of cooperation between Mexico and Germany on technical requirements for machines and plants is picking up speed.
The guidelines for the Radio Equipment Directive are indeed a "living document". The draft for the next version is available.
The EU Commission is planning to revise the Machinery Directive. The original timetable will not be met. The VDMA follows developments.
Important personnel and political decisions of the Chinese People's Congress form the basis for the country's long-term economic policy.
Two VDMA member companies are among the winners of the German Innovation Prize for Climate and Environment, which is awarded every two years by the Federal Ministry for the Environment and the BDI
The VDMA is tirelessly fighting for improved market surveillance in Europe. Online trading and fulfillment centers have not simplified the batch situation. The EU Commission has presented a new proposal for market surveillance.
After the announced import bans for 24 types of solid waste in China finally came into force on 31 December 2017, the Chinese Ministry of the Environment recently published 11 standards according to which solid waste imported into China as raw materials must comply with certain environmental protection requirements from 1 May 2018.
Britta Albl
Britta Albl
Assistant to Naemi Denz,Member of the Executive Board, Head of Technical, Environmental Affairs and Sustainability, Managing Director Waste and Recycling Technology
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Dr. Sarah Brückner
Dr. Sarah Brückner
Geschäftsführerin FV Abfall- und Recyclingtechnik / Abteilungsleiterin Technik, Umwelt und Nachhaltigkeit
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