Waste Framework Directive revision
The revision of the Waste Framework Directive is still the main priority of the European Re-refining Industry Association (GEIR). The Parliament in plenary confirmed the regeneration target for waste oils already adopted at committee level (85% by 2025 from the waste oils generated in the market) in March. The new target is therefore included in the Parliament’s mandate for inter-institutional negotiations – the next step in the legislative process where Parliament, European Commission and Council of EU Member States try to find a compromise agreement so as to adopt the new legislation faster.
Member States also finalized their internal technical discussions on the revised directive, and recently adopted their own mandate for negotiations. Their position regarding a regeneration target for waste oils is however more nuanced as no target is introduced as such. Although based on the new reporting requirements on waste oils collection introduced in their amended version of the text, the Commission will have to assess the feasibility of setting such target by the end of 2020.
The first so-called "trialogue” (negotiation meeting between the institutions) will take place at the end of May and it will be focused on understanding the general positioning of the different institutions. The next trialogue will take place at the end of June and then following ones in September and October with a view to finalise negotiations by the end of 2017. GEIR will continue advocating towards the inclusion of waste oils regeneration targets in the revised directive and monitor closely legislative developments.
Other developments – Ecolabel
Another file on which GEIR has been working is the revision of the EU Ecolabel criteria for lubricants. After considering the integration of engine oils in the scope of the current ecolabel, Member States and the Commission eventually changed their approach. They are exploring instead the possibility of developing a separate product group on ‘engine oils’ where re-refined oils could be included. This option seems to be supported by several other stakeholders and will be subject to consultations in the near future.