October 14th the European Commission published its new Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability as part of the European Green Deal. This new strategy not only focusses on producers and importers of chemicals, but also provides opportunities and challenges for other industrial sectors inside and outside of the EU. Chemicals, after all, are present in every step of the supply chain, as raw materials in products as well as in waste. Closure of the supply chain, without chemical pollutions is the main aim.
Steps towards sustainability
The extensive measures and solutions in the new strategy have the ultimate aim of zero-pollution and a toxic-free environment. Besides banning of the most harmful chemicals, priority is given to the development of innovative and more sustainable alternatives. The EU supports private enterprises to find, develop and implement new solutions, for example by promoting innovative business models that support circularity and by providing subsidies. Examples include ‘chemical substances as a service (leasing) and not as a product.
In discussion with ECHA
For all industrial sectors this new strategy means that either left or right they have to react fast and appropriately. Doing nothing is not an option. ECHA (the European Chemical Agency) indicates that they are a key player in the implementation of the new strategy. Our colleague Tjeerd Bokhout (senior advisor Chemicals Management and director of ChemCon) had an interesting discussion about this with Bjorn Hansen, director of ECHA. Watch the video here.
From our perspective of ‘Enhancing society together’ and our extensive knowledge of and experience with chemicals management, sustainability and circularity in a wide range of sectors we can and are looking forward to provide a valuable contribution in the implementation of this ambitious strategy. We will provide our own interpretation to the various aspects of the strategy by commenting on and exploring them in a series of blogs:
- 100% circularity and zero-pollution a utopia?
- Consequences of the EU Chemical Strategy for the industry
- Consequences of the EU Chemical Strategy for the waste- and recycling sector
- Authorisation or substitution?
- Criteria for sustainability
- ‘safe by design’ chemicals
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