Russia

Russia: EPR. Proposal to submit environmental charge calculation electronically

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.

Russia: Established criteria for assigning environmentally hazardous facilities to a risk category

As of 5 December 2017, each facility impacting the environment is to be assigned, by the Russian authorities, to a particular environmental risk category. Such a risk category is to be assigned in order to determine the frequency with which the facility is to be inspected by environmental authorities.

There are five risk categories, which will be inspected with the following frequency:

Russia: Suspension of retail sales of ethanol-containing products extended for another 180 days

As of 20 October 2017, all organisations and sole traders are prohibited to retail any ethanol-containing nonfoods as well as ethanol-containing food additives and flavourings for another 180 days. It is prohibited to retail any ethanol-containing products with the ethanol content exceeding 28% if such products are sold at a price (per 0,5l) that is lower than the price set for alcoholic drinks with the ethanol content above 28% by Order No. 58n of 11 May 2016.

Russia: Handling used gas and oil pipes is considered waste management

The Federal Agency on the Supervision of the Use of Natural Resources has published a clarification on handling steel used oil and gas pipes.

The Agency explained that the Federal Classification Waste Catalogue (FKKO) includes a group of wastes called “used steel oil and gas pipes”. Therefore, such used pipes are considered as “wastes” and their handling is regulated by the Federal Law on Industrial and Consumer Wastes No. 89-FZ.

Russia: Safety requirements for the operation of x-ray inspection systems

As of 26 November 2017, all organisations that produce, sell, test, assemble, service or operate x-ray inspection installations with the maximum energy of up to 15 MeV (e.g. those used for luggage inspection) are required to comply with the adopted safety rules. The Rules to not apply to x-ray scanners used for the inspection of people.

The Rules impose requirements for:

Russia: Adopted requirements for lighting devices and electrical lamps

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. 

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