REN Update

Training Manual for Customs and Enforcement Officers on ODS(Third Edition ) is available
30 December 2013

The third edition of the Training Manual for Customs and Enforcement Officers provides the necessary guidance and information to effectively monitor and facilitate the legal trade in ozone depleting substances and to combat their illegal trade. It presents information on the international policy context and an overview of the technical is...
The Second Network Workshop of the Regional Enforcement Network for Chemicals and Waste took place in Bangkok
26 December 2013

The Second Network Workshop of the Regional Enforcement Network for Chemicals and Waste (REN) was held in Sukosol hotel, Bangkok, Thailand on 19-22, November 2013. The meeting was held in conjunction with the first meeting of the Environmental Network for Optimizing Regulatory Compliance on Illegal Traffic (ENFORCE) and the 2013 workshop of the A...
Ningbo Customs cracks down on waste plastic import
13 December 2013

Ningbo Customs announced that it has recently cracked down a case involving 18,000 tons of smuggled plastic waste worth 130 million yuan ($21.33 million). This is the fifth major smuggling case it discovered since local Customs launched "Operation Green Fence", a campaign initiated by Chinese customs to strictly enforce laws governing the import of...
UNEP Guide for National Ozone Officers released
12 December 2013

This guide introduces and summarises the many important issues about the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer that National Ozone Officers (NOOs) need to know to perform their job effectively. Presented in an easy to understand format, the guide is designed to provide new NOOs and their assistants with the critical knowledge...
Exporters report frictions in SEPA’s enhanced inspection regime
11 December 2013

Some exporters have complained about a too literal interpretation of waste shipment regulations by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), warning this could lead to operators ceasing export activities in Scotland. ...
Environmental Crime Emerging Threat in the EU according to Europol
10 December 2013

Europol has launched its Threat Assessment 2013 on Environmental Crime in the EU. The report mentions that environmental crime threatens the health of European citizens and those exposed to exported dangerous substances. It also threatens the subsistence of those relying on an unharmed environment in farming or fishing and exploits the EU’s free ...
Committee of the Regions launches review of EU waste shipping reform
6 December 2013

Refining and improving the management of shipping Europe’s waste was the focus of discussions on 13 November. In July, the European Commission published proposals to amend the EU’s Waste Shipment Regulation (WSR) which includes introducing more stringent inspection planning and measures to stop waste being exported illegally. As part of its rev...
China's green fence policy will 'drive' push for quality recyclates
6 December 2013

China is implementing higher standards on imports of recycled material via its ‘Operation Green Fence’ policy, which is forcing western countries to have higher standards in what materials they export.  ...
New UNODC SE Asia regional programme addresses transnational organized crime and downsides of regional integration
4 December 2013

The new UNODC Regional Programme for Southeast Asia and the Pacific was jointly launched today in Bangkok, Thailand, by UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov; HRH Princess Bajrakittiyabha Mahidol, Permanent Representative of Thailand to the UN in Vienna, and H.E. Mr. Chaikasem Nitisiri, Thailand's Minister of Justice. Launch attendees included key ...
Report of the Enforcement Networks Conference released
2 December 2013

On 13-14 November 2013, the Flemish High Council of Environmental Enforcement (VHRM) and INECE organised an international conference on concepts, implementation and effectiveness of environmental enforcement networks, in Brussels, Belgium. This was the second conference of environmental compliance and enforcement networks; the first being held as a...
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