- Several countries have expanded or added waste electronic or electrical equipment (WEEE/WEEE-like) legislation:
- Germany has amended its waste legislation to strengthen recyclying requirements.
- Hungary has proposed the collection and recycling of WEEE.
- Latvia implemented changes to its waste legislation as well, requiring registration of WEEE waste collection efforts.
- Peru is developing a WEEE-like law.
- Israel adopted a WEEE-like law.
- Adoption of PM2.5 standards of requirements:
- China adopted the standard in a phased roll-out approach, applying some regions initially and then increasing its application through 2016.
- Taiwan has proposed a standard for PM2.5.
- EU Member States not transposing EU laws (Directives) into national legislation have been cited by the EU:
- Belgium has been criticized for not transposing the EU's Water Directive and the Directive on the protection of the environment through criminal law.
- Cyprus has been cited as well regarding not transposing the EU's Directive on the protection of the environment through criminal law.
- Sweden was cited for not aligning its national legislation with EU EIA requirements.
- Several countries have begun or have continued initiatives to simplify or reduce the burden of EHS legislation:
- Italy initiated its Simplification Decree, intended to reduce legislative burdens on permitting and inspections.
- The UK is perhaps implementing the largest overhaul of EHS legislation through a number of massive reviews or initiatives:
- The Red Tape Challenge on environmental legislation;
- The Lofstedt Review on safety and health laws;
- The government's budget intended to hep reduce costs on business; and
- Delays in the implementation of some new regulations to help reduce burdens.
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