2018 truly was the year the world started waking up to the dangers posed by plastic waste – here is ClientEarth’s guide to the year that turned the tide for action on plastic.
ClientEarth and its partner organisations are continuing the fight against the use of two chemicals of high concern in paints.
Under pressure from a number of member states, the European Commission has revived a push to water down rules that protect against endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in pesticides.
Legal experts from environmental law charity ClientEarth have joined other key organisations working in the public interest in outlining the current weaknesses of current food contact material regulation.
ClientEarth lawyers are demanding increased transparency from the European Parliament and European Council on why certain chemicals allowed in food are considered safe.
Europe’s chemicals agency has improved its policy on the publication of information it receives from businesses that use ‘substances of very high concern’ (SVHC).
ClientEarth has rejected the European Commission’s view that current regulation governing endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDC) is sufficient when blatant gaps still exist.
ClientEarth welcomes European Parliament’s environment committee vote to strengthen the EU Commission’s plans to cut plastic pollution, under the so-called Plastics Strategy.
Human health and the environment are being put at risk because of excessive delays in chemical regulatory decisions by the European Commission, new research reveals.
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has been favouring industry during its initial gathering of evidence on microplastics.
The European Commission has taken a leap forward in tackling plastic pollution, with new laws to reduce throwaway single-use plastics.
Speaking to the European Parliament, Alice Bernard said more needs to be done to protect people from harmful endocrine disruptor chemicals in food packaging.
ClientEarth has joined more than 70 other environmental health, women’s and consumer groups in Europe calling for a future free of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs).
Environmental lawyers from ClientEarth are calling on the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) to redefine its role to better serve the public interest and not just the chemicals industry.
The European Commission has been reprimanded for bad behaviour by the EU’s transparency watchdog, over its failure to release chemical data .
Speaking to the European Parliament today, ClientEarth chemicals lawyer Alice Bernard, said that more needs to be done to identify and ban these chemicals before the expiration of the EU 7th Environment Action Programme in 2020.
UK Chancellor Philip Hammond offers “consultations” on clean air and plastics in his Spring Statement in the House of Commons.
ClientEarth lawyer Tatiana Lujan, explains that only by phasing out and banning unnecessary plastic will we protect people and the planet.
Analysis by ChemSec and ClientEarth shows the chemicals approval process gives undue influence to companies producing dangerous chemicals and stifles information on safer alternatives, limiting the market for companies that produce them.
A review of EU chemicals legislation, known as the REACH REFIT has been published by the European Commission. ClientEarth lawyers have read the communication and set out their preliminary thoughts.
Analysis from ClientEarth shows that the draft guidance which will be used to identify EDCs needs to be amended.
The EU legal framework needs to be adapted to ensure the circular economy is truly beneficial for the environment.
The EU’s plastics strategy is ambitious and a step in the right direction but more drastic action is needed to curb the overall production of plastics in Europe.
The European Chemicals Agency is missing a major opportunity to speed up substitution of dangerous chemicals for safer alternatives, by failing to share strategic information.