10 years of REACH: mission accomplished?

The REACH regulation was launched in 2007. Recently has been evaluated what this European regulation has brought us. The evaluation report showed that the protection of human health and environment has been considerably improved. Following this success, the Commission proposes actions to optimize the implementation of REACH. What does this mean in practice? What is […]

CLP now also in your online store

Is CLP a fast mover? No, not really. It is a legal obligation that does not add to an online store turnover. Briefly: If an article is a dangerous substance, its hazards need to be displayed on an online store. How can you do that ?! The European CLP Regulation applies to all companies that […]

It is high time for a smarter use of the Smart Meter!

It is one of the largest infrastructure projects: providing all households in the Netherlands with a Smart meter. Why are we investing so much in it? To start with, the idea is to achieve a 3.5% energy saving. However, the media keep speaking of the imminent failure of this goal. Naturally, having a Smart meter […]

The new CLP regulation: more work for DIY stores

The new CLP (Classification, Labelling and Packaging) regulation replaces the old (hazardous) substances directive. In less than a year, all chemical mixtures must comply with the new rules. Currently, nearly 30% of the DIY products in stock wouldn’t be compliant! Further, there is a change from R & S phrases to H & P phrases, […]

Ban on free plastic bag in force

As of 1 st  January 2016 it is forbidden to hand out free plastic bags to customers for Their purchase. Retailers and shop-owners are obliged to charge Their buyers a fee for any plastic bag They take for Their purchase. The purpose is to reduce the overall consumption of plastic bags. Currently in the Netherlands, […]

Rebound-effect researched on a large scale

One third of the expected energy savings are consequently spent on improving comfort. In his PhD research, Erdal Aydin has quantified the rebound-effect on the basis of 563,000 Dutch households. The research showed that the energy saved through better insulation of houses and the use of energy-saving labels on devices would likely be re-used to increase […]