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This might have been the perfect opportunity for Health Canada to finally put a regulatory stake in the ground and define the rules for the safe reuse of (non-sharps) medical devices, with or without refurbishment and/or other reprocessing. After all, Health Canada’s Action Plan on Medical Devices defined its mandate as “continuously improving safety, effectiveness and quality” of medical devices, all of which are directly relevant to the burgeoning market for used medical devices. Presumably…

The attention currently devoted to plastics waste in both the public and private sectors is breathtaking. A growing number of international brands have made recycled content commitments for their plastic packaging and related containers. The European Union’s Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy has begun implementing changes to the EU Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive and the UK Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has just released a well-developed plastics packaging taxation…

We are excited to announce that Baker & McKenzie’s Consumer Goods & Retail (CG&R) Industry Group, along with the support of the UN Global Impact, is hosting its annual flagship event at the UN Headquarters in New York on Thursday, February 21, 2019. Sustainability in the CG&R Industry will the main focus of the event, and Baker & McKenzie is delighted to welcome UN Global Compact CEO & Executive Director Lise Kingo and Fordham Law…

The Committee on Eco-design and Energy Labelling of Energy–related Products (composed of representatives from all EU countries) has recently approved a draft Commission Regulation facilitating non-proprietary product repair (or “Right to Repair”) for refrigerating appliances, with formal acceptance by the European Union set for April 2019. Draft Commission Regulations containing similar measures for dishwashers and washing machines are currently under review by the Committee on Eco-design and Energy Labelling of Energy–related Products. What Do These…

Marisa Martin and Alexandra Carranza’s article, “Encouraging Private Investments in REDD+ in the Post-2020 Paris Agreement World” has been published in IETA Insights Quarterly Report: Greenhouse Gas Market Report, No. 3, 2018. The article (pages 13-16), discusses how Peru is approaching nesting projects, the challenges ahead, and how the country can open the door for increased private sector capital. To read the article in its entirety, click HERE.

Ontario’s waste electrical and electronic equipment (e-waste) stewardship obligations are being transitioned to a circular economy legal regime.  The government-overseen e-waste program is being wound-up and will effectively cease as of June 30, 2020. The program has managed to generate such a surplus of funds from consumers it otherwise would pay the electronics recycling industry that it’s obtained approval from the Ontario government to grant the industry, and presumably in turn, consumers a “fee holiday”…