Which environmental laws and regulations impact most on the space sector?
The EU directives and regulations RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE), adopted by the EU in February 2003 and brought into force 1 July 2006) and REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemical substances, entered into force on 1 June 2007) have considerable implications for European space activities. In 2008, ESA established its own “Requirements on Space Debris Mitigation for Agency Projects” and then, in 2009, France’s “Space Operations Act” also imposed regulations relating to the environmental impact of space activities. It is important that actions be taken to transform these regulations into an opportunity for European space industry. Prompt mapping of the road ahead will save crucial time, foster innovation, and yield substantial first-mover advantage for Europe.
Last update: 16 October 2013