REN newsflash

UNEP Organizes “Ozone2Climate” Technology Roadshow and Industry Roundtable in Republic of Korea
30 March 2015
The 3rd “Ozone2Climate” Technology Roadshow and Industry Roundtable under the UNEP‐USEPA grant partnership project was organised by UNEP OzonAction ROAP team in association with Korean Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Industry Association (KRAIA). The Technology Roadshow was organised as a part of the 13thHeating, Air‐conditioning, Refrigeration and Fluid Exhibition – Korea...
Director of EEE Shipping Firm Handed Prison Sentence for Illegal Export
30 March 2015
The Director of electronic goods shipping company Bakour Limited has been sentenced to 18 months in prison, suspended for two years, for trying to illegally export electrical waste to countries in West Africa. Adam Bakour appeared at Reading Crown Court yesterday (23 March) facing charges relating to the attempted illegal export of containers holding waste electrical and electronic equipment...
European Police Seize 11 Tonnes of Illegally-Disposed Waste
27 March 2015
A large transnational joint police operation involving more than 2500 law enforcement officers from 14 EU countries has resulted in the seizure of 11 tonnes of illegally-disposed waste. As part of the operation, 678 sites, over 1400 waste transporters and around 2200 individuals were checked, 95 of whom were reported to the respective judicial authorities. From more than 1900 vehicles that were s...
18th issue of Newsflash released
20 March 2015
Highlights in this issue:   Sida-UNEP Annual Consultation Meeting on REN An Italian Company Fined Heavily for Shipping Pollution England and Wales Give Environmental Regulators Tougher Powers Thousands of Containers of Garbage Revealed at Seaports in Vietnam Click here to download
Joint SA-SEAP Network Meeting of Ozone Officers
16 March 2015
The “Joint Network Meeting of Ozone Officers of South Asia and Southeast Asia and the Pacific” was organized on 10-11 March 2015, in Goyang City with National Ozone Officers (NOOs) from 21 countries. The meeting hosted by the Government of the Republic of Korea is being organised as part of the UNEP Compliance Assistance Programme (CAP) funded by the Multilateral Fund for the Implement...
Why Does Some UK Recycled Plastic Go for Export
16 March 2015
The debate about whether the UK should recover all the recycled plastic waste it generates to be re-manufactured in the UK back into end products is long running. Chris Collier, commercial director of CK Group, a leading provider of recycled plastic regrind, observed positions and views vary depending on the commentator’s position in the supply chain. However, he pointed out the main reasons...
5,450 Containers of Garbage Piled Up at Seaports in Vietnam
16 March 2015
According to the Vietnam Maritime Bureau (Vinamarine), about 5,450 containers and 1,323 consignments of goods have been left at seaports as of the end of August 2014. Most of the uncleared imports have been found in Hai Phong (5,000 containers). Meanwhile, 52 containers had been left at Quang Ninh Port, 99 containers at Da Nang Port, and 177 containers and 1,323 consignments of goods at ports in H...
Georgia/Florida Electronics Recyclers Caught in Scheme to Smash, Dump, and Export Toxic TVs and Computer Monitors
13 March 2015
The Basel Action Network (BAN), a global environmental organization working on toxic trade, has discovered that Diversified Recycling, an electronics recycler operating in Orlando, Florida and Norcross, Georgia, was recently engaged in transporting daily tractor-trailer loads of toxic TVs and computer monitors to a small warehouse operation where cathode ray tubes (CRTs) were smashed by hand and t...
Man Charged with Selling 400 tons of Illegal Pesticide from China
12 March 2015
Taipei, March 10 (CNA) Prosecutors indicted a man in Taichung and his daughter Tuesday for selling more than 400 metric tons of unauthorized pesticide from China. Prosecutors in Miaoli County sought heavy penalties for Fu Wen-chung, who runs Taiwan Agriwell Co. - an importer of pesticide, fertilizer and other agricultural products -- and his daughter Fu Yen-chen, as well as company employee Chen H...
Environmental Regulators to Target Waste Offenders through Tougher Enforcement Powers
12 March 2015
Environmental regulators in England and Wales would be given tougher powers to target waste offenders under plans published for consultation by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Welsh government. The proposals would allow the regulators to suspend a permit if an operator has failed to meet the conditions of an enforcement notice even if the current 'ri...
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