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EU needs to shut all coal plants by 2030, or will vastly overshoot Paris Agreement

EU needs to shut all coal plants by 2030, or will vastly overshoot Paris Agreement | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Climate Analytics has calculated that to stay within the Paris Agreement’s long term temperature limits of “well below” 2˚C and “pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C,” the EU’s C02 emissions budget for coal in the power sector is around 6.5Gt by 2050. The EU will exceed its Paris Agreement-compatible coal emissions budget by 85% if its existing coal-fired power plants continue operating to their full lifespan.
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The report  by Climate Analytics sets out the first science-based analysis of when and where each of EU’s 300+ coal power plants would need to be phased out.

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EU Reaches Deal Aimed at Sustainable Mineral, Metal Supply Chains 

Last week, the EU institutions reached an agreement on new legislation directed at ensuring that minerals and metals entering the 28-nation bloc are transparently and responsibly sourced and do not play a role in financing human rights abuses and conflict in high-risk areas.
The regulation establishes due diligence provisions for sustainable sourcing practices as of 1 January 2021, covering 95 percent of EU imports of tin, tungsten, tantalum, and gold, commonly used in electronics, jewellery, packaging, cars, and construction.

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EU agrees to compulsory checks on conflict mineral imports; are you already doing that on your imports?

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Important developments in conflict minerals regulation - iTSCi

Important developments in conflict minerals regulation - iTSCi | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

In recent days, activity proposing regulation of conflict minerals trade in both the EU and Canada has been launched. Firstly, the EU has begun a consultation period running up to 26 June 2013 on a possible initiative on responsible sourcing of minerals originating from conflict-affected and high-risk areas....

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An interesting release from iTSCi which sums up important ongoing legislations underway in the U.E. and in Canada...


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The Fifth EU Money Laundering Directive: Latest Developments

The Fifth EU Money Laundering Directive: Latest Developments | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The Fifth Money Laundering Directive is proceeding along the European Union’s legislative process. 

On 30 November 2016, the Presidency of the Council of Europe (which comprises Ministers from the 28 EU Member States) published a third Presidency Compromise text. This reflects amendments made by the Slovak Presidency in an attempt to reach a common agreed position.

This may open the way to negotiations with the EU Parliament whose rapporteurs published a draft report on 7 November 2016 setting out their proposed amendments.

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New revisions to the text of the Directive which should be released late summer or autumn 2017.

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EU Reaches Landmark Agreement on Conflict Minerals Regulation 

EU Reaches Landmark Agreement on Conflict Minerals Regulation  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The Regulation, as agreed by the EU Institutions, is set to ensure sustainable sourcing for more than 95% of all EU imports of tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold, which will be covered by due diligence provisions as of 1 January 2021.  
In the meantime, the Commission and Member States will work to make sure that the necessary structures are in place to ensure EU-wide implementation.

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Measures to provide support for importers, especially small and medium-sized enterprises, will be deployed. Are you ready to comply to this new regulation?

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EBN - Ken Manchen - Ready or Not, RoHS 2 Takes Effect January 2

EBN - Ken Manchen - Ready or Not, RoHS 2 Takes Effect January 2 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Come January 2, 2013, the European Union will replace its original RoHS law with a new recast version known as RoHS 2. This new version will expand coverage to all electrical and electronic equipment, require special marking of finished goods and more compliance documentation, and increase penalties for non-compliance.

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This article from EBN summarizes the main changes under RoHS 2 and how the Directive will impact product declarations with CE marks, and increasingly cover other sectors.

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