The role of innovation in shaping the future of the construction industry playlist_play

Interview with Eric Dehasque, President of the European Federation for Construction Chemicals (EFCC) 2024 will be an exciting new year with the European elections ahead. EFCC expects that the new European decision makers will put more emphasis on safeguarding the competitiveness of the European industry and ensure incentives for innovation. We asked Mr. Eric Dehasque, President of EFCC, on the role of innovation in the construction industry and its impact on sustainability and performance.

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Online Info session on REACH playlist_play

EFCC with DUCC member associations is organising a one-hour information session to discuss the importance of REACH to downstream users, relevant topics for authorities before the REACH revision, the trends for change and impacts of the REACH delay. The REACH legislation is a cornerstone regulation for the manufacture of chemical products and has a significant impact on DUCC members. Therefore, DUCC members wish to engage proactively and constructively in discussions on this topic.

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Reiteration of the major negative impact on industry of the current CLP proposal regards minimum requirements for labelling playlist_play

As a follow-up of the industry cross sector group letter of 5 September 2023, today industry released a new joint letter to reiterate the major negative impact on industry of the current CLP proposal as regards minimum requirements for labelling. In the new letter industry invites legislators to keep an open mind going in the trilogue discussions regarding minimum font size requirements.

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EFCC position on the European positive list under the Drinking Water Directive playlist_play

Today EFCC submitted its position in reply to the public consultation on the delegated act that supplements the Drinking Water Directive and that lays down the procedure for amending the European positive list of starting substances, compositions or constituents to be used in the manufacture of materials or products intended to be in contact with drinking water. EFCC is concerned that the increased data collection and analytical requirements planned to be required for the positive listing will put a significant burden of the manufactures and downstream users. In addition to this, EFCC considers that neither the DWD nor this implementing act provide sufficient protection for the shared data and confidential business information and as such is not protecting the intellectual property of the European economic operators. As downstream user formulators we fear that the number of applicants for the positive listing will be very limited resulting in a lack of substances available for drinking water materials after 2025. This would lead to a significant reduction of construction products available for drinking water installations which could put the distribution of the drinking water to European consumers via the pipe systems at risk.

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EFCC joins cross-sector call for a rethink regarding CLP revision playlist_play

EFCC together with several industry federations calls for urgent dialogue and a rethink regarding CLP Revision. We focus on three key aspects that will have a major negative impact on industry and the environment: - he new 6-month timeline for label updates instead of the 18 months transition period provided in Adaptation to Technical Progress (ATP) to CLP for harmonised classifications to become mandatory - the tabled amendment within the European Parliament to prohibit environmental claims on mixtures classified as hazardous or carrying supplemental labelling - the proposed requirement of a minimum font size - we suggest to follow ECHA’s guidance of 1.2mm x-height as the minimum font size

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EFCC with other DUCC members released the last statement before the Council vote on the revision of the CLP playlist_play

Tomorrow the European Council votes on the compromise proposal on the revised EU legislation on hazard classification, labelling and packaging of chemicals (CLP). EFCC with other downstream user associations reiterated their concerns related to the revised proposal. We request more flexibility on the labelling requirements and reasonable transition periods for the application of the new criteria. You can read more details below.

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EFCC supports the joint statement on the draft Taxonomy Environmental Delegated Act playlist_play

EFCC, as member of the Construction 2050 Alliance, supports the joint statement of its members on the draft Taxonomy Environmental Delegated Act published in April 2023. For the construction sector the recommendations of the draft Environmental Delegated Act show fundamental weaknesses in terms of the usability and practicability . Read more details below:

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2nd Workshop on Assessment of Alternative substances playlist_play

Good decision making backed up with a robust Assessment of Alternative substances is key to avoiding unintended impacts on the European society triggered by the ban of a substance. EFCC wishes to engage with Member States, European Commission, ECHA, NGOs as well as experts to address the related complex questions and look for solutions. Join our second workshop coordinated by the Downstream Users of Chemicals Coordination Group (DUCC) focusing on how to set up a body supporting the Assessment of Alternatives. The event will be live streamed on LinkedIn on on 24 April from 13:30 CET.

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Rules on the new hazard classes under CLP are in force as of today playlist_play

The rules on the new hazard classes under are in force as of 20 April 2023. For new substances on the market, companies need to comply with the new rules from 1 May 2025, whereas substances that have already been on the EU market, companies have until 1 November 2026 to comply. Separate transition times apply for mixtures. New hazard classes apply from 1 May 2026 to new mixtures, whereas companies have until 1 May 2028 to update the classification and labelling for existing mixtures. ECHA has published a new page on their website regarding the new hazard classes under CLP.

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