Europe’s Environmental Regulation Trajectory
(Design Chain Associates, LLC)
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The European Union gave us RoHS and WEEE back in 2003; in 2005 they’ve rolled out the EuP (Energy-using Products) Directive and , as this is written, we’re expecting the European Parliament to vote on REACH (Registration, Evaluation, and Authorization of CHemicals). The impact on the electronics industry has been and can be expected to continue to be enormous. The impacts ripple, and in some cases resemble a tsunami, from one end of the supply chain to the other. Never has the industry been subject to such an onslaught of regulation that impacts nearly every facit of how we do business. This talk will focus on what has been driving this in the EU, the two 25-year Thematic Strategies that most if not all of these directives fall under, what we can expect in the future, and why a strategic approach to compliance with environmental regulations is possible and makes better business sense than continually reacting to them.