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Environment 2024 Call for Papers

Abstracts Due by Friday, March 1, 2024

Papers are now being accepted on a variety of EHS topics that have a broad interest across many disciplines and do not include sales-oriented materials.  All Abstracts are peer-reviewed and you will be notified of the status of your submission.

Acceptance of an abstract is considered a commitment by the author to present the paper at the 2024 Conference.

Abstract Submittal Information: Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words; include your name, title, professional affiliations (i.e. CHMM, PE, etc.), company name, address, phone, and email address.

Submit your abstract here OR send your abstract to Julie at Julie@fetinc.org.

 

The WI CHMM Chapter is planning events for the first half of 2024 including a brewery tour in April and the full-day HazWoper program in April.  The chapter is also looking for anyone interested in helping to plan and host events for the CHMM Chapter in the future.  Currently, the Chapter is currently seeking nominations for the position of PRESIDENT-ELECT

For more information on volunteering contact Rachel Fields, Rachel.Fields@aptim.com or Julie Jansett, julie@fetinc.org

 

Looking for People to Serve on Sustainability Committee

To all who might be interested! The Sustainability committee needs you! Yes, you!

They are looking for a VP of Committee and new members to join! All are welcome to join! Meetings are once per month; committee members have the opportunity to present on sustainability topics and write articles for FET newsletter. We continue to have interest from FET members who want to join our committee, many with experience in Sustainability.  The committee is actively meeting, so join us today.

Contact Emily James at emily.james@generac.com for more information.

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ISSB’s Much-Awaited Inaugural Standards Bring More Clarity and Consolidation to the Sustainability Disclosure Field

This article is an excerpt from the ERM Sustainability Institute. For more information and the full version of this article, see the link below or contact John Gibbons, ERM, john.gibbons@erm.com

In the dynamic global landscape of sustainability reporting, corporate reporters’ focus is shifting to mandatory disclosure. Companies have spent much of 2023 ‘biting their nails’ in anticipation of mandatory reporting standards. A pivotal moment arrived in June 2023 when the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) issued its inaugural standards: International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) S1 and IFRS S2.

Backed by support from the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) and bolstered by rapid adoption signals by several national governments, the ISSB’s IFRS S1 and S2 (IFRS S1/S2) standards are swiftly gaining ground and are poised to become mandatory in multiple jurisdictions. The ISSB’s burgeoning influence worldwide indicates a significant shift in the disclosure landscape.

The standards represent a long-awaited convergence of reporting climate- and sustainability-related disclosures in tandem with financial disclosures in annual business reports. IFRS S1 and S2 have consolidated and incorporated several frameworks (TCFD, SASB, CDSB, and others). Corporates feeling the pressure of reporting to multiple frameworks can look to this alignment with some degree of relief. However, once IFRS S1 and S2 become mandatory, depending on the jurisdiction, companies may find preparation requires significant resources both to extract the full value from alignment (beyond compliance) and to avoid fines and legal trouble.

Companies should be mindful that in 2024, CDP will integrate the ISSB S2 standard into its global disclosure platform meaning the 23,000 companies who disclosed this year plus those that begin disclosing next year will all be preparing and disclosing an ISSB S2-aligned data set. This move will catalyze more rapid company adoption and ultimately advance mandatory requirements.

Companies navigating these uncharted waters must not delay their preparations. ERM’s experts anticipate the ISSB’s influence will ripple through both corporate strategies and market dynamics, even beyond jurisdictions that follow IFRS.

For the full version of this article by Catherine Osborn, Aiste Brackley, Katie Langemeier, and Paul Simpson, please click on the attached link to the ERM Sustainability Institute. ISSB’s first act (sustainability.com)

 

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OSHA Issues Major Chemical Safety Enforcement Guide Changes

This directive provides guidance to OSHA personnel concerning OSHA’s policy and technical interpretations regarding the enforcement of the PSM standard.

Significant modifications in this instruction include:

  • Removal of the Appendix A PQV Audit Checklist in the OSHA Instruction CPL 02-02-045A (REVISED), September 13, 1994
  • Incorporation of existing OSHA PSM enforcement policies into a question and response
    format.

For more information, see OSHA document 

EPA Requires Toxics Release Inventory Reporting for Seven Additional PFAS

The U.S. EPA announced the automatic addition of seven per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to the list of chemicals covered by the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI).  As of January 1, 2024, facilities that are subject to reporting requirements for these chemicals should begin tracking their activities involving these PFAS as required by Section 313 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act.

Reporting forms will be due by July 1, 2025.

For more information, visit the EPA

Job Postings

Jobs Available ads are placed in the FET monthly newsletter EnviroNotes, and online for two consecutive months at a cost of $400 per ad ($300 for FET patron member companies).

Jobs Desired ads are free of charge for anyone who is searching for a position in the environmental field.

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