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Waste of Electric and Electronic Equipment Directive 2012/19/EU (WEEE) – Draft regulation calculating the weight of EEE placed on the market (GEN – 746.00)

25 January 2017

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Waste of Electric and Electronic Equipment Directive 2012/19/EU (WEEE) – Draft regulation calculating the weight of EEE placed on the market (GEN – 746.00)

25 January 2017

2 min read

GEN – 746.00. This draft implementing act regulation establishes a common methodology for the calculation of the weight of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) placed on the national market in each Member State and a common methodology for the calculation of the quantity WEEE.

The new WEEE Directive 2012/19/EU entered into force on 13 August 2012 and had to be transposed into national law by 14 February 2014. The period between 13 August 2012 and 14 August 2018 is a transitional period. The WEEE directive 2012/19 will be fully effective from 15 August 2018.

The scope of the new WEEE directive is broader besides many household goods includes products like heat pumps, boilers, air conditioning, refrigerated display cabinets, beverage coolers. The regulation also has an indirect impact on components like fans and motors in these products.

The national transpositions may differ among Member States. A Technical Adaptation Committee (TAC), composed of Member States representatives is accompanying the directive since the start in 2006 and aims to achieve harmonisation among the Member States besides accompanying the development of tools to implement the WEEE regulation.

The TAC will discuss and vote on the proposed drafts during its meeting on 13 February 2017.

The article 16 (3) of the WEEE directive on the registration and reporting of EEE producers and the frequency of reporting is not yet supported by an implementing regulation. It is expected that a public consultation on a draft could be launched by April 2017.

Recommended action

The manufacturers are recommended to check if their products are mentioned in the manual (GEN 746.03). The Product Groups should analyse the current transpositions in the Member States and the way their products are treated. It may be appropriate to look calculation methodology used and the chosen lifespan of the products.

Related information

Link to Commission DG Environment website: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/waste/weee/index_en.htm

FAQ on WEEE (April 2014): http://ec.europa.eu/environment/waste/weee/pdf/faq.pdf

2014 study on WEEE collection rates:

http://ec.europa.eu/environment/waste/weee/pdf/Final_Report_Art7_publication.pdf

Link to the related website on RoHS, Restricting of Hazardous Substances in electrical and electronic equipment: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/waste/rohs_eee/index_en.htm

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