REN newsflash

"Garbage Broker" in Norway makes a fortune
4 December 2014
Due to high cost of garbage burning, Norway sends tons of household waste to Sweden daily.  Half a million tonnes of household waste in Norway is exported to Sweden every year, because the cost of burning down garbage is lower in the neighbor country. TV2 has talked to the brokers who carry out this interesting import in Norway. The company Rekom in Bergen works as a "garbage-broker&qu...
10th Green Customs Initiative Partners Meeting held in Lyon
2 December 2014
10th Green Customs Initiative Annual Meeting was convened on 24-25 November 2014 at the Interpol Headquarters in Lyon, France, in conjunction with the meetings of Interpol environmental crime Working Groups (Wildlife Crime, Pollution Crime and Fisheries Crime). The representatives of all partners of GCI participated in the meeting. The annual meeting provided an opportunity for GCI Partners and t...
Preparations intensify for triple conferences of the parties (COPs): Geneva, May 2015
2 December 2014
Parties have been officially informed of the back-to-back meetings of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions COPs to be held in Geneva, 4-15 May 2015. The online briefings of the COPs will be organized in March and April, 2015, which aim at providing parties, observers and other stakeholders with an overview of the issues that will be discussed during the meetings of the conferences of th...
Montreal Protocol celebrates landmark achievement with universal ratification of all amendments
2 December 2014
Global efforts to protect the ozone layer have reached a major milestone after all of the Amendments to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer received universal ratification by 197 Parties. The final ratification of the Beijing Amendment, by Mauritania, was received on 4 December 4th. The Beijing Amendment to the Montreal Protocol has been in force since 2002. It introd...
Science fair at the conferences of the parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions
1 December 2014
A three day science fair is going to be organized during the meetings of the conferences of the parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions from 7 to 9 May 2015. The meetings of the conferences of the parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions will be held under one common theme called “From science to action, working for a safer tomorrow”. The purpose of ...
New EU-Eurojust report reveals organised crime groups behind environmental crimes
1 December 2014
A new report by Eurojust, the EU’s judicial cooperation body, reveals that organised crime groups (OCGs) are behind cross-border environmental crime. At the same time, paradoxically, despite huge profits from these crimes (estimated at USD 30-70 billion per year. Source: OECD), statistics show that environmental crime is seldom prosecuted by national authorities. The number of cases referred...
South American Enforcement & Compliance Network holds 2nd meeting
27 November 2014
La Red Sudamericana de Fiscalización y Cumplimiento Ambiental (the South American Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement) is holding its second meeting in Lima, Peru, on 4-6 November 2014. Participants represent enforcement authorities from Peru, Chile, Ecuador, with new members attending from Brazil and Paraguay.   Each country gave an overview of their enforcement...
14th issue of Newsflash released
19 November 2014
Highlights in this issue: Third Workshop of REN held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, 10-12 November 2014 Ceremony of the Asia Environmental Enforcement Award to be inaugurated on 1 December 2014 in Bangkok End-of-waste criteria for waste plastic for conversion Click here to Download
EU feasibility study on the establishment of an electronic data change for waste shipments published
18 November 2014
The Commission published its study to explore the feasibility of establishing an electronic data interchange (EDI) for waste shipment on its website. The study concluded that the establishment of an EDI is a technically feasible task. It also presented a number of architectural options and sub-options including rough fixed- and variable cost estimates, for both the Member States and the Commission...
‘Significant trade’ in stolen car parts in Ireland
17 November 2014
There is a ship which leaves Dublin Port once a month loaded with scrap metal, old cars and bits of old cars, all intended to be reclaimed and recycled. It’s known, colloquially, as the Tin Can Boat. It’s one of several that leave Ireland’s ports with so-called “bulk solid”. An estimated 436,000 gross tonnes of so-called bulk solid passes through Dublin Port every thr...
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