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              GEIR EU activities
          Fabio Dalla Giovanna, GEIR President
                      UEIL Congress
                        22/10/09
                         Istanbul




                        Independent Union of the
          UEIL          European Lubricants Industry
GEIR & EU public affairs in 2009


 I. Attendance and participation to several EU events (on Waste,
   REACH)

 II. End of Waste criteria: the waste oils issue

 III. Helsinki meeting (15/09/2009) hosted by new GEIR member

 IV. GEIR Congress: “The re-refining industry: 40 years at the
   service of Europe’s environment” (17/11/2009)
I. Attendance of several seminars on WASTE and REACH

   The GEIR President and vice-presidents attended several
   EU related seminars in the last year, including:

         WRIC meeting on Safety Data Sheets (26/03/2009,
          Brussels)

         “European Waste Regulations-Impact on Waste
          Industry and Public Authorities” (30& 31/03/09, Berlin,
          Germany)

         “The new Waste Framework Directive, towards
          transposition” (1 & 2/10/2009,Brussels)
I. Waste Recovery Industry (WRIC) meeting on Safety
Data Sheets
• What? GEIR invited as a stakeholder to take part in a
meeting organised by the European Commission and WRIC,
an ad hoc alliance of recyclers (BIR, EUPC, Eurometaux)

• When and Where? 26/03/2009 in Brussels

• Main issues: Results of the implication of GEIR in the WRIC
  work :
       • GEIR aknowledged as a key EU stakeholder on waste and recycling
         and increased its EU visibility with DG Entr, DG ENVI, ECHA,
         recyclers, etc.
       • GEIR raised issue of sameness of substance under REACH
       • GEIR submitted a draft template for a safety data sheet for waste
         oils to ECHA
I. “European Waste Regulations-Impact
on Waste Industry and Public Authorities”
• What? Meeting on the implications of the WFD organised by the
  European Academy of taxes, economics and law

• When and Where? 30 & 31 March 2009, Berlin

• Who? Speakers included Mr. Andreas Versmann, Policy Officer at
  DG ENVI (Sustainable Production and Consumption) dealing with
  waste oils during WFD negotiations

• Main issues:
  • detailed information on how to assess consequences of the implementation of EU´s
    waste legislations
  • first hand information on priorities of the European Commission
  • insider reports on efficient incentives for waste prevention & increased recycling
  • insider reports on useful solutions for recycling, safely controlled waste exports and
    financial issues of waste management projects
I. The new Waste Framework Directive,
towards transposition
• What?
Conference organised by the European Academy of Law (ERA) on
the implementation of the Waste Framework Directive

• When and Where? 1 and 2nd of October 2009, Brussels

• Who? High level speakers from DG ENVI included:
-Karl Falkenberg, Director General of DG Environment
-Klaus Koegler, the Head of Unit of the Sustainable Production and Consumption Unit
-Andreas Versmann, Policy Officer, Sustainable Production and Consumption Unit

• Main issues discussed were:
•   The waste hierarchy
•   Life cycle thinking
•   End of waste definition
•   Waste management plans
•   Future role of the waste legislation in the sustainable use of resources.
II. END OF WASTE CRITERIA: the JRC
recommendations
• Under the recently adopted WFD, the European Commission
  must assess the need for end of waste criteria for several
  waste streams.

• The Joint Research Council (scientific advisor of the
  Commission) published a report on END OF WASTE CRITERIA
  (304 pages) on 13/02/09 to outline its recommendations.

• The overall objectives of defining end of waste criteria:
    promote recycling
    ensure a high level of environmental protection
    reduce the consumption of natural resources and the
     amount of wastes sent for disposal
    Increase confidence of users on quality standards and
     encourage the use of secondary materials
II. END OF WASTE CRITERIA: the JRC
report
• JRC proposes a general methodology & principles
• Process of defining methodology runs in parallel with three pilot
  case studies for:
         • Recyclable aggregates
         • Compost (work in collaboration with the European Compost Network)
         • Aluminium & scrap steel


• The JRC recommends that criteria cover:
             Input waste material
             recovery processes used
             quality of the resulting products
             potential applications
             quality control procedures
             Impact assessment guidelines (for environment & health impact,
              economic and market impact, etc…)
   The Commission is expected to publish proposals for end of waste criteria by end of 2009
II. END OF WASTE CRITERIA: the specific issue of
waste oils
• The aim of this report is to suggest a list of material streams
  which qualify for a thorough assessment on their suitability for
  the development of end-of-waste criteria. What is the stake is
  potentially very important for the different waste streams listed,
  especially as the application of the criteria would help
  determine when a waste ceases to be waste.


                  THE LIST INCLUDES WASTE OIL


• The reports puts into doubts the environmental credentials of
  the recycling of waste oils when compared to its incineration
  (« energy recovery »).
II. END OF WASTE CRITERIA:
the specific issue of waste oils

• GEIR actions:

  Analysis of the JRC report

  Contact with the JRC officials who drafted the report (official
   letter of GEIR president, 05/08/09)

  Strategy to get in touch with the European Commission to
   submit data on the environmental benefits of the re-refining of
   waste oils (Q4 2009)
          -IFEU study
          -new environmentally friendly technological developments in the
          sector
III. Helsinki meeting (15/09/2009) hosted by new
GEIR member

• L&T Recoil Oy (Finland) recently joined GEIR

• Kindly hosted a new re refining plant visit in Hamina, on 14
  September 2009

• 15/09/2009: GEIR General Assembly in Helsinki

        Re election of Fabio Dalla Giovanna as GEIR President for a 2 year
         term
        Approval of GEIR annual budget
        Potential new member: S.i.ra.l. S.p.A. (Italy)
        Presentation by Jochen Matthes, ECHA, on “REACH, waste and
         recovered substances: current guidance developments”.
IV. GEIR Congress:
“The re-refining industry: 40 years at the service of
Europe’s environment”
       • What? 4th European GEIR Congress to celebrate 40 years
         at the service of the environment and to reach out to
         international re-refining players

       • When and Where? 16 & 17 November 2009, in Brussels
         (Renaissance hotel)

       • Who?
          - Key European re-refining industry representatives
          - Worldwide re refining players (Asia, South Africa, Australia,
            etc.)
          - EU institutional stakeholders (European Parliament,
            Commission, ECHA)
          - Academia and technical experts
IV. GEIR Congress: “The re-refining industry: 40 years
at the service of Europe’s environment”
                            Programme

16 November: Opening dinner of the Congress & celebration of
 the 40th Anniversary of GEIR

17 November:
• I: International Perspectives, chaired by Mr. Fabio Dalla Giovanna,
  GEIR President
• II: EU regulatory challenges and opportunities, chaired by Mr.
  Dimitris Kontaxis, GEIR Executive Committee Member
• III: Market and technologies, chaired by Mr. Detlev Bruhnke, GEIR
  Executive Committee Member
• IV: Round Table discussion, chaired by Mr. Christian Hartmann,
  GEIR Honorary President
IV. GEIR Congress: “The re-refining industry: 40 years
at the service of Europe’s environment”
     For further information on the programme and to register:

                       GEIR website:
       http://www.geir-rerefining.org/geir_news.php

                            Email:
                   Info[@]geir-rerefining.org
             www.geir-rerefining.org

        Supported by Interel Cabinet Stewart
           (severine.trouillet@interel.eu)




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