Single-use plastic bags ban gone with the wind: a French tragedy

by Agathe Subileau 11 Apr. 2016

As of 1 July 2016, single-use checkout plastic bags will be definitively banned from all French stores.

Supermarkets, large and small outlets as well as neighborhood stores will not be allowed to dispense these bags anymore. Are we witnessing the very

Q&A with General Electric: Experiences Complying with EU Energy Audit Regulations

by Peter Tayar-Watson 04 Apr. 2016

By Peter Tayar-Watson, General Electric's EU Senior EHS Expert Offices & Properties and EU EED Compliance Coordinator. Interviewed by: Paul Olagnier, Enhesa's Senior Project Manager, Regulatory Consulting

Like other multinational companies, General

Registering Under REACH is Not Enough

by Catarina Olagnier-Hästesko 29 Mar. 2016

Court rules that companies placing chemical products on the European market cannot escape specific national requirements.

Maybe you were hoping that with the adoption of EU-wide rules, such as the REACH Regulation and the CLP Regulation, companies

COP21: Historic Global Agreement or Just Another Toothless Policy on Climate Change?

by Jillian Bernstein 24 Feb. 2016
After two weeks of presentations, negotiations, and compromises, 195 nations signed the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, which promises to take steps to halt global temperature rise at well below two degrees Celsius. The Paris Agreement, signed on 12

Test the Quality of Your Hazardous Chemical Management with Boric Acid

by Thierry Dumortier 05 Jan. 2016

It is hard to imagine any operation without the use of some hazardous chemicals.  Even in most offices, you will find some cleaning products classified as hazardous chemicals.  How can you figure out whether you are dealing with a hazardous chemical or

Companies Operating in an Industrial Sector are Subject to More Stringent Environmental-Related Requirements in Vietnam

by Sansanee Dhanasarnsombat 07 Dec. 2015

As of 10 December 2015, companies generating industrial wastewater, industrial emissions, or solid waste with an amount of 500 m3/day or greater, of 200,000 m3/day or greater, of 5 tones/day or greater are; and facilities producing, trading, or providing

OSHA Fines Will Increase for the First Time Since 1990

by Gillian Wener 02 Dec. 2015

On 2 November 2015, President Obama ratified H.R. 1314, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (Public Law No. 114-74), amending the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990. Previously, the Act of 1990 did not include civil penalties under

Japan Launches "Stress Check-up System"

by Enhesa 02 Dec. 2015

On 15 April 2015, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (hereinafter referred to as ”MHLW”) published a Ministerial Ordinance regarding workers’ mental health. The Ordinance specifies the amendments to the relevant regulations under the revised

Stricter Emission Limits for Air & Water Proposed in China for Electrical Product Manufacturing Facilities

by Xiaolu Wang 19 Nov. 2015

On October 8, 2015 the Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection published on its website, the proposed Emission standard of pollutants for electrical industry. The Proposal, once adopted, would provide emission limits for the air and water pollutants

Law on Green Growth & Energy Transition Introduces the Circular Economy and Planned Obsolence

by Agathe Subileau 04 Nov. 2015

On 18 July 2015, Law 2015-992 on green growth and energy transition was published in France. The energy transition Law is a groundbreaking piece of legislation that introduces the concepts of circular economy and planned obsolescence for the first time