France: the new champion for EDC regulation in Europe?
France bans BPA in food packaging
After more than one year of parliamentary debates in Senate and Parliament, France adopted a law yesterday which bans BPA use in food containers for 0-3 years old in 2013 and for all other food contact uses as from January 1st 2015, with a warning labelling in the meantime
A very positive outcome for campaigners from Réseau Environnement Santé (RES) and WECF France, who have been pushing for a coherent legislation, covering uses of BPA in bottles and pacifiers, as well as all other food contact uses.
The law also bans the use of phtalate DEHP - a reprotoxic plastifier already banned in toys and childcare articles - in tubulures used in pediatrics, neonatology departments in hospitals and for use by pregnant women and nursing mothers.
But what about toys containing bisphenol A or endocrine disruptors of very high concern? They remain unregulated so far. A situation that WECF has been trying to change for years, and which may soon be reversed, since Delphine Batho, French Ministry of Environment announced on Monday, during an international conference on EDCs, she would support a European ban of EDCs of concern in toys and childcare articles.
WECF France who just performed a survey which shows that only 30% of toys manufacturers and retailers, among the 16 which have been asked, are willing to provide sufficient information on the presence or absence of BPA and other EDCS in toys, supports this position and invites you to sign on the petition to urge the Minister of Environment and Minister in charge of Consumer protection to demand more transparency on EDCs presence in toys:
UNEA2: Towards a Circular Economy through Sustainable Management of Wastewater and Re-use
Day 1 of the UNEA-2 conference, started off with WECF's successful side event called “Towards a Circular Economy through Sustainable Management of Wastewater and Re-use”, which had over 90 delegates participating. Jan Olsson (Swedish Environment Ambassador) opened up the session in front of a packed room.
Women2030 project start-up meeting in Nairobi following UNEA-2
The Women2030 global project, funded by the the European Commission’s International Cooperation arm (DEVCO), is holding a project start-up meeting from 27th – 30th May 2016 in Nairobi, immediately following the Second Meeting of United Nations Environment Assembly
Presentation of WECF's gender-sensitive NAMA at UNFCCC
After the Paris Agreement the Bonn Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC) intends to set a course of action for mitigating climate change. WECF will take the opportunity to present its Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) in Georgia in a seminar about gender-responsive climate policy
International Symposium WECF France on the impact of early life exposure to toxic chemicals
Mobilising public authorities, perinatal professionals and civil society on primary prevention and the importance of environmental health issues in health practices
UNEP highlights WECF project in Black Sea on new homepage
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) lists the WECF project in Georgia on their new homepage as a "Success Story".
04.05.2016 | WECF