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  • The clock starts ticking for companies following approval of the corporate sustainability due diligence directive

    The EU act setting out companies’ obligations in relation to the human rights and environmental impacts of their activities is already a reality. Companies are now well advised to familiarize themselves fully with the obligations, and especially, the liability to be faced by the companies included in its scope (and any that will be indirectly impacted).
  • Final approval for the European directive on greenwashing, requiring greater information to consumers

    The European Council has approved the directive on greenwashing, which will ban commercial practices such as greenwashing and early obsolescence, together with increasing the information that will have to be given to consumers. The new law has yet to be published in the Official Journal of the European Union.
  • The European Parliament approves the Directive on Greenwashing

    The new European regulation, which aims to prevent unfair commercial practices, will have to continue its process before the Council of the EU for its final approval and its subsequent publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.
  • Spain: The processing of the Draft Law on the Prevention of Food Loss and Waste is resumed

    The law, which proposes new requirements for all actors in the food chain, aims to encourage the efficient use of food and promote good practices.
  • RED III directive approved to move forward with the implementation of renewable energy

    The objective is to accelerate energy efficiency, increase the use of renewable energy and reduce emissions in the European Union.
  • The new energy efficiency directive imposes a reduction in energy consumption by at least 11.7% for 2030

    A number of measures to promote energy efficiency are laid down and the legislation will have to be adopted before January 2025.
  • The European Union bans the use of microplastics

    To protect the environment and human health from their toxic effects, the EU has restricted the use of synthetic polymer microparticles intentionally added to products.
  • By 31 December 2023, producers must notify how they will meet their container obligations

    They will have to choose between an individual scheme or join a collective extended liability scheme.
  • Spain: The public consultation period has begun for the draft bill regulating the corporate reporting framework on environmental, social and governance issues

    The Council of Ministers agreed, on 3 May 2023, to initiate this procedure, which will be available until 25 May, to ensure that those interested in the text of the preliminary draft can make their contributions.
  • Spain: Adapting the tax system to challenges facing the green transition

    In the context of the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan a range of measures relating to environmental taxes have been approved, notably the creation of a tax on non-reusable plastic packaging and amendment of the tax on fluorinated greenhouse gases. This new tax will come into force on January 1, 2023, whereas the amendment of the tax on fluorinated gases has been in force since September 1, 2022.