Monday 21st December 2015

Update on Environmental Goods Act (EGA)

The joint effort between ESA and FSA has continued throughout 2015, to ensure Sealing Devices would be included in the EGA.

As most of you will know the process reaches its climax at COP21 in Paris between November 30th and December 11th, when 196 countries meet under the auspices of the United Nations, to agree a draft document to control the levels of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere.

The EGA will list products that are deemed to be essential in the reduction of CO2 released to the atmosphere. The existing World Trade Organisation (WTO) Environmental Goods list of approved technologies is to be extended to include about 200 technologies that aid the environment and reduce emissions. We are still very hopeful that some Sealing Devices (which will be specified under exact HS commodity codes) will be included in the EGA.

ESA Chairman, John Morton, has led the initiatives and has been instrumental in helping explain the role of Sealing Products throughout Europe and in China. He has been ably supported by Smiths Group, and individual ESA and FSA members who have volunteered to help clarify various delegate’s questions. A big thank you to everyone who has pitched in to help the cause.

The feedback from Paris suggests that final details of technologies to be included in the EGA may have to wait a little longer to be announced. We will, of course, keep you informed as to progress, and issue all the details when an agreement is confirmed.

Fingers still firmly crossed!

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