May 10

The EP Employment Committee adopted a Report on Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive (CMD)

On the 25th of March 2021, the European Parliament’s Employment and Social Affairs Committee (EMPL) adopted its Report on the Commission proposal for a 4th wave revision of the Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive (CMD), by 40 votes to 4 and 8 abstentions. The EMPL Committee approved all the 14 compromise amendments, the main results are the following:

  • Extending the scope of the CMD to reprotoxic substances.
  • Coverage of Hazardous Medicinal Products in the directive.
  • Call on the Commission to put forward an action plan before the end of 2021 to achieve limit values for at least 25 substances and to propose legislation for this by end of 2024.
  • Proposal for a risk-based approach for setting limit values, at least with clarification in the articles that limit values must be evidence-based.
  • On  acrylonitrile, nickel compounds and benzene, the limit values proposed by the Commission were confirmed, with an additional skin notation for acrylonitrile as well as a notation for dermal and respiratory sensitisation for nickel compounds.
  • Proposal to lower the OEL for Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS) from the current one – 0.1 mg/m³, to 0.05 mg/m³. (NB: very slim majority – 27 against 25 votes).
  • Proposal to introduce a limit value for cobalt and cobalt compounds by end of 2023, following consultation of the ACSH, taking into account the RAC opinion of 2018 and the latest developments in scientific knowledge.

The plenary vote is scheduled for the week of 26-29 April 2021.

Cerame-Unie and the NEPSi secretariat and signatories will actively work to stop the Proposal to lower the OEL for Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS) from the current one to go through in plenary. Should you wish to be involved in the advocacy please contact us. (MN)

May 04

Council Conclusions Chemical Strategy for Sustainability

In the framework of the Green Deal’s The Chemical Strategy for Sustainability (CSS), on the 15th of March 2021, the Council of the European Union adopted the Council Conclusions, “Sustainable Chemicals Strategy of the Union: Time to Deliver”. The Council supports the five main areas of action set up by the Chemicals Strategy: innovating for safe and sustainable EU chemicals; stronger EU legal framework to address pressing environmental and health concerns; simplifying and consolidating the legal framework; a comprehensive knowledge base on chemicals; and setting the example for a global sound management of chemicals.

The Council Conclusions highlight the importance of the Chemicals Strategy’s role to complement and contribute to the implementation of the Circular Economy and of the safe and sustainable-by-design approach in the context of a life cycle approach to chemicals. Therefore, the Commission should develop harmonised, clear and precise definitions for several concepts, such as “substances of concern” or “most harmful chemicals”.

To achieve the objectives of the CSS, the Commission should revise the REACH and CLP Regulations since they are crucial for the risk assessment of chemicals and the identification and hazard assessment of chemicals. Therefore, the Council supports the strengthening of data requirements under REACH and the introduction of new hazard classes and criteria under CLP.

Finally, the Commission should implement the necessary measures to support, in particular, the SMEs and microenterprises, in their effort to identify and cope with the new challenges associated with the implementation of the Chemicals Strategy.

Even though the text of the conclusions remains close to the CSS, the Council call for an “essential use framework” rather than strict criteria. (MN)

Abr 29

Ingeniería de Refractarios

2ª Edición en castellano

Libro de cabecera para el refractarista.

Ingeniería de Refractarios
Materiales – Diseño – Construcción
3ª edición, 2ª traducida al castellano

PVP 160,00 € + gastos de envío.

¡Ya está disponible!
Información y compra: anfre@anfre.com

 

 

 

INTRODUCCIÓN:
Una sociedad moderna sería impensable sin la ingeniería de refractarios. Todos los sectores industriales aplican procesos térmicos en hornos e instalaciones que ayudan a dotar a los productos fabricados de las propiedades requeridas. El producto, su forma exterior y sus propiedades químicas y físicas no suelen ser imaginables sin algún tipo de tratamiento térmico. La ingeniería de refractarios tiene el objetivo de mantener el calor de forma fiable allí donde debe estar y proteger el entorno de la unas temperaturas demasiado altas.

Los autores que han participado en la presente edición han intentado una vez más proporcionar un libro de referencia estándar para todas las personas que se enfrentan a cuestiones relacionadas con la ingeniería de refractarios y otras personas interesadas. El libro pretender ser, si es necesario, un manual importante para la consulta diaria.

Abr 26

Impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on EU industries

The COVID-19 crisis has had an abrupt impact on the EU27 economy and triggered unprecedented
policy responses across Europe and the globe. As the pandemic is still unfolding globally, and at the
time that a second (and potentially even a third) wave still keeps Europe and the world in its grips, it is
too early to assess the full impacts of this crisis. Nevertheless, to support policymakers with evidence
on the effects on the EU industry manifested so far, this report aims to address the following key
questions:
1) What is the impactof COVID-19 on the EU economy, and how is the impact distributed among
different sectors?
2) What structural changes has the crisis caused to our economy and the organisation of our
value chains, and which value chains should be considered as strategic?
3) How comprehensive are the recovery measures, and to what extent they are meeting the
needs of the EU industry?
1) The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the EU economy
Compared to the global economy, the euro area has experienced a larger hit in 2020 and will
experience a slower recovery in 2021. The real GDP is expected to reach pre-crisis levels by mid-2022
in both the EU and the euro area. This is a positive adjustment of the outlook as compared to the initial
forecasts that followed the start of the pandemic. However, it is important to note that a return of the
economic activity to pre-crisis levels entailsslow growth for the EU economy.
There are remarkable differences in performance across, but also within sectors. A large part of
the digital industry has performed well, and so has the healthcare industry. Enabling industries like
chemicals, construction, and the food and drinks sector are likely to experience a V-shaped recovery
from the crisis. Despite the initial shocks, automotiveand textile industriesappear to be on a recovery
path since the first lockdowns. Sectors that are dependent on human contact and interaction, such
as the cultural and creative industries and the aerospace industry (due to the decrease in mobility
and tourism activities), have experienced substantial

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Abr 19

2021 | INVENTORY OF R&I PROJECTS IN THE CERAMIC INDUSTRY

The European Ceramic Industry understands the importance of Research and Innovation for maintaining our global competitiveness, creating new market opportunities, and becoming more sustainable.

An innovative Ceramic Industry is vital for delivering on our objectives of becoming more sustainable, particularly in terms of energy and resource efficiency.

 

Cerame-Unie has put together a non-exhaustive inventory of EU-funded Projects supporting R&I in the Ceramic Industry.

 

This Inventory will be updated continuously as new projects begin and others come to a conclusion.

 

2021 CU INVENTORY OF R&I PROJECTS

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