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EU industries respond to WEEE2

February 9, 2017

eu_flag_pont_mont_blancFour industry associations commented on a recent EU draft for WEEE2.

The four associations include Orgalime, the European Engineering Industries Association; CECED, the home appliance industry association; DigitalEurope, the digital technology industry association; and LightingEurope, the lighting industry association. All four released a press release response to the “latest draft” of the EU’s regulation implementation for a “common methodology for the calculation of ‘the weight of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) placed on the national market in each member state”.

The four also responded to the “common methodology for the calculation of the ‘quantity of WEEE generated by weight in each member state’”, with all four stating that they “thank the Commission for its efforts to establish common methodologies”, adding that “on the one hand, these methodologies are crucial to ensure a clear and harmonised implementation of the collection target in each member state.

“On the other hand, it is essential that the methodologies lead to fair targets, which are based on objective, clear and transparent criteria. Member states are of course free to choose, which of the two approaches they use to demonstrate the achievement of the collection rate from 2019 onwards”. All four “fully support” changes made to the 2015 draft, including that “it is now clear that the first source of information is the information provided by the producers”.

It also welcomes “the consultation of relevant stakeholders when the member states update the data on EEE placed on the market or the product lifespan data used in the WEEE calculation tool”, which it calls a “clear improvement and gives a clear message for transparency of the process at member state level and the need for evidence backing the changes prior to the update. This could be further improved by making the lifespan data and profiles publicly available to verify the correctness of the data”.

Areas it wanted to raise included: “improved transparency of the electronic tool developed by the United Nations University and more involvement of industry stakeholders to verify the correctness of the data used regarding the calculation of the WEEE generated and POM figures. This would ensure that the methodologies create fair and accurate calculations of the collection targets.

“We suggest setting a period or a demonstration for stakeholders and experts to test and evaluate the electronic tool”. They also asked for “the need for a better consideration of professional products to guarantee quality results”, and for member states to “better consider the specificity of professional products and to analyse their results with a certain flexibility”.

Other areas included “improved transparency from member states […] the choice made […] on the calculation methodology used […] should be made publicly available”, while the “lifespan data for each category […] should also be made available”. Collection rate information should also be made available, as should WEEE recycler data, while “products exported for refurbishment or re-use should be deducted from the WEEE generated calculation in a given member state.

“Indeed, these are used products shipped to another member states or a third party. This should be explicitly mentioned in the draft”.

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