The circular economy – European Parliament goes way beyond objective
17.06.2015 The resource-saving use of raw materials plays a key role in the mechanical engineering sector – the European Parliament has nevertheless gone too far with its position on the circular economy.
VDMA calls for circular economy without unnecessary bureaucracy
06.06.2015 The European Commission is to present a new proposal on the circular economy by the end of the year, but the European Parliament will adopt a position on the package over the coming days.
VDMA calls for a sense of proportion in regulation of mobile machinery
03.06.2015 Engine manufacturers and companies making excavators, combine harvesters and mobile cranes have long adapted to the constant reduction in emission limits – the exhaust gas regulations for mobile machinery will become a problem if they overlook the reality of the situation facing medium-sized companies.
EU overcomes a hurdle for reform of emissions trading
19.05.2015 The path has been paved for fundamental reform of the European Emissions Trading System (ETS). The European Parliament and Council of Environment Ministers have informally agreed to introduce the so-called market stability reserve (MSR) which aims to stabilise European trading of emissions certificates.
Quo vadis Ecodesign?
22.04.2015 The Ecodesign Directive came into force ten years ago. What started with light bulbs is now having an impact on the capital goods of the mechanical engineering industry. Soon, the Directive could be expanded to include new product categories.
VDMA calls for merger of market surveillance systems in Europe
25.03.2015 Last year, more hazardous consumer products were withdrawn from circulation in Europe than ever before. Consumer products that were deemed unsafe or harmful to health, especially toys or clothing, were reported in 2014 via the European rapid alert system RAPEX, according to the European Commission on 23 March.
Competition for 2015 Federal Ecodesign Award opened
04.03.2015 Companies with outstanding performance in terms of functionality, innovative prowess, precision and eco-compatibility can now put themselves forward for the Federal Ecodesign Award of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment. Awards will be presented for products, designs and services judged extremely innovative and eco-friendly by a committee of experts. University graduates can also enter the award for young talent.
Electric Motor Regulation: Next regulatory phase as of January 2015
16.12.2014 As part of the Ecodesign Directive, Regulation 640/2009/EC covers the energy consumption of electric motors. Manufacturers and importers of electric motors with a rated output of 0.75 kW - 375 kW are affected.
EU Parliament begins consultation on recycling management
20.11.2014 The European Parliament will adopt a position on recycling management over the coming months. This will involve the revision of the European waste law. The MEPs will also address the issue of the type of political framework that the EU requires to create a more resource-efficient economy.
Commission proposes world’s most stringent regulation on emissions from mobile machinery
20.11.2014 One of the last initiatives put forward by the old European Commission was its proposal on the revision of emission levels for mobile machinery. This affects VDMA in two ways as the proposal is extremely relevant to engine and machinery manufacturers who have to install the new engines into their systems.