The recent Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2022/162 of 4 February 2022 lays down rules for the calculation, verification and reporting on the reduction in the consumption of certain single-use plastic products and establishes measures for the Member States to achieve such reduction.
The reduction of plastic waste has been one of the EU’s priorities in recent years and based on this, the Directive (EU) 2019/904 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 June 2019 on the reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment has been created to impose the obligation on the Member States to take measures to achieve an ambitious and sustained reduction in the consumption of the single-use plastic products.
The Directive (EU) 2019/904 also impose an obligation on the Member States to report to the European Commission data on the single-use plastic products that have been placed on the market each year and information on the measures taken to reduce the consumption of such products, including a quality check report.
However, it was necessary to further model some rules to give full compliance to this directive and to reduce more the environmental impact of the single-use plastic products, so this Implementing Decision goes one step more by reducing the weight of the plastic content in single-use plastic products placed on the market, since, it has been shown that this measure is the most effective and appropriate measurement method to tackle the environmental impact of such products in terms of environmental pollution by plastic littering.
This Decision also tries to offer the Member States two different but equally valid calculating methods, so they can choose between calculating the consumption reduction based on either the total weight of the plastic contained in the single-use plastic products placed on the market or the number of such products placed on the market. The calculation should be in a calendar year.
Nevertheless, if a Member State chooses to apply the weight-based methodology, it still needs to report data on the total weight of single-use plastic products partly made of plastic that have been placed on the market, to facilitate
information to create a data comparative system.
The present Decision provides in its Annexes three formats, one for reporting the data on single-use plastic products placed on the market each year, the other for reporting the information on consumption reduction measures, and the other for the quality check report as regards the data and information needed.
The Member States must report this data to the European Commission, preferably through electronic registries.
This Decision shall enter into force by February 24, 2022.
Single-use plastic products have a very short life, they are only used once, but they have a permanent and big impact on the environment and health. The effect of plastic waste are drastic and continuously increasing despite the laws and policies designed to control the production and use of single-use plastic products. For this reason, It is necessary to adopt measures and rules to complement the principal legal acts and adjust certain activities to face the continuous development and changes in production and consumption that laid to problematic impact on the environment.
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