Manufacturers and importers of products subject to recycling after the loss of their consumer properties (e.g. electronic equipment, cardboard and paper packaging and textile products) within the extended producer responsibility framework, might soon be able to submit the environmental charge calculation reports in electronic form online.
Electrical and electronic equipment
The Council of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EAEU) adopted the programme for the development, revision and amendment of standards that contain testing rules and methods (including sample taking procedure) for the Technical Regulation that restricts the contents of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (EAEU RoHS).
As of 1 July 2018, manufacturers and importers of lighting devices and electrical lamps used in AC circuits for lighting are required to comply with the adopted requirements. These requirements were adopted by Decree No. 1356 of 10 November 2017 that implements the provisions of Federal Law No. 261-FZ Energy Saving and Increasing Energy Efficiency and aims to reduce energy consumption and to initiate the gradual phase-out of less efficient lamps in Russia.
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology has drafted amendments to the Law on Industrial and Consumer Wates No. 89-FZ. The amendments would clarify that manufacturers and importers of product components (rather than finished products) or any materials that are to be used for manufacturing other goods will not have to comply with any recycling targets within the extended producer responsibility (EPR) concept.
Management of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE management) is gaining more and more importance all over the world. Although Russia tends to lag behind the EU in implementing environmental and waste management regulations, it has recently introduced the concept of extended producer responsibility (EPR) that imposed WEEE management obligations on manufacturers and importers of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE).
As of 1 September 2017, manufacturers and importers of external power supply sources (EPS) are required to perform compulsory energy efficiency certification for these products. As of the same date, manufacturers and importers of as well as single-speed asynchronous (induction) three-phase electric motors are required to issue a declaration of conformity with energy efficiency requirements.
As of 6 September 2017, all organisations operating buildings or structures and/or using flammable substances or electrical equipment or those that own or operate any fire fighting equipment are required to comply with the provisions of Technical Regulation (TR) “General Fire Safety Requirements”.
The TR requires facilities to implement the following measures:
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology has submitted a proposal that would impose liability on associations of manufacturers and importers to report on the fulfilment of recycling targets within concept of extended producer responsibility (EPR). Currently, only importers and manufacturers of products subject to EPR are required to submit such reports.