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UEIL Virtual Networking Event


Following the cancellation of the 2020 Congress, UEIL will organise an interactive virtual networking event on 29 October 2020, building on the theme “UEIL: Our contribution to Europe’s sustainable future”.


Participants will be encouraged to discuss key questions for the lubricants industry, such as the challenges and opportunities posed by COVID-19 as well as upcoming EU legislation. UEIL Board members will provide a series of brief updates on EU initiatives such as the Circular Economy Action Plan, revision of the Energy Taxation Directive and new state aid rules in the energy and environmental sphere. This will be followed by exchanges in breakout rooms and virtual


drinks, where UEIL members and external participants will have an opportunity to discuss these issues in an informal setting.


Whilst UEIL acknowledge that it is unfortunate that there will be no opportunity to meet face-to-face at the Congress this year, it is hoped the easy accessibility of this online event will allow a smooth engagement with a global audience.


In parallel, UEIL is already actively preparing the next Congress, which will take place from 20 to 22 October 2021. Save the date and stay tuned for more information!


One step closer to end-of waste clarifications


This 30 July 2020, the European Commission’s online public consultation on the Waste Shipment Regulation closes. How topical to discuss heavy regulated border crossings in a post-pandemic era where EU citizens themselves are re-experiencing reduced freedom of movement within the EU and restricted access to non-EU countries.


Despite the re-refining sector small engagement on the topic, related developments do generate interest. GEIR had indeed been advocating in the past for facilitated shipments of used oil within the EU, in order to keep in the European economic loop the very valuable input that represent used lubricating oils. We therefore approve the Commission’s ambitions for the future revision, namely: support an effective transition to a circular economy, restrict the export of EU waste to third countries, and strengthen its provisions


Christian Hartmann, GEIR President


enforcement. In particular, GEIR will pay attention to updated rules related to end-of-waste criteria, which caused several headaches to the sector in the past.


The topic is indeed very likely to receive a lot of attention over the upcoming months as its impact go well beyond waste shipment matters. For one thing, the future Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability will notably build on previous work carried out on the interface of waste, product and chemicals legislation. In addition, the Circular Economy Action Plan from March announced a decision in 2021 on scoping the development of further EU-wide end-of-waste criteria. GEIR therefore expects the first clarifications to arrive as early as this October.


LINK www.geir-rerefining.org


LUBE MAGAZINE NO.158 AUGUST 2020


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