The Environment Policy Working group works closely with other associations which are impacted by environmental policy such as CEDA, the White Goods Association (WGA) and Digital Europe. In addition, the group also liaise with representatives of WEEE Ireland and the European Recycling Platform (ErP), such as Enterprise Ireland, the Department of Enterprise Trade and Innovation and the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources. The Technology Ireland Environment Policy Working Group closely monitors discussions at European level for any developments which may effect member companies and the ICT industry in Ireland.
Prime amongst the objectives of the environment working group is to ensure that a cost effective, transparent and practical system is put in place to meet the targets and requirements under the WEEE, RoHS Directives and REACH Directives.
Current issues which are being addressed by the working group include:
- The European Recycling Platform (ErP), and in particular Lots 3, 4, 6, 26 and multimedia Lot 3- Engaging with relevant Government departments to ensure clarity on all issues and to ensure that implementing measures have a fair impact.
- Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (RoHS)- Improving the text of the RoHS legislation to meet the industry's concerns.
- Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH)-Ensuring that the scope of REACH is reviewed.
- Batteries-Obtaining further information on capacity labelling methods for applicable types of batteries and applications.
- Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)- Currently working on collection methodology and collection targets.
- Promotion of ICT to improve energy efficiency- Working to promote the initiatives of members to various Government departments and agencies.