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EU regulations have global impact, says US study

January 14, 2007

A US academic study has concluded that EU environmental regulations are having a global environmental impact. The study discusses a number of recent Directives & Regulations:

  • The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE), which obliges manufacturers and importers of electronic goods to pay for their disposal.
  • The Restriction on Hazardous Substances (ROHS) Directive, which bans certain substances from electrical goods.
  • The REACH Regulation, which creates a new regulatory system for the production and use of chemicals, and which was finalised at the end of 2006. (I’ll be writing more about this regulation at some point soon, as it has been a major area of my work during the last 10 years)
  • The authors argue that these regulations are affecting global markets, and are also being copied by countries outside of Europe.

    These authors are reinforcing an argument made by many people (including myself) that the EU is now a major driver of global environmental standards, particularly product-related standards.

    For more details, see the press release from the authors, the article itself and coverage in Euractiv [Note that the Euractiv article incorrectly states that the WEEE and ROHS Directives will be implemented during 2007; in fact the WEEE directive should have been implemented in 2005, though the UK is implementing it in 2007, and the most important ROHS deadline was in 2006].