ECSA started its sustainability programme in 2007 with the ambitious aim to cover the whole chlorinated solvents value chain.
The programme was prepared by an independent consultancy with the mission to ensure responsible production, distribution, use and end-of-life management of chlorinated solvents. Nine objectives were set under the three vision elements: Sustainability by product and application; Value chain engagement; Stakeholder engagement and communication.
ECSA reviewed the progress in 2012. The online toolbox is now extended to a 5th substance; Carbon Tetrachloride and is even more user friendly and accurate. The sheer number of results is already impressive: for example, ECSA analyzed 60 applications and summarized recommendations for a safe & sustainable use of the chlorinated solvents in an online toolbox. This Product & Application Toolbox contains recommendations for more than 350 individual activities. Consult the Product & Application Toolbox.
In 2012 the ECSA Guidance on Storage and Handling of Chlorinated Solvents was translated into several languages to support distributors and users of Chlorinated Solvents in their local language (English, French, German, Italian and Russian are now available online).
Not only the sheer quantity but also the quality of the results in the sustainability programme is worthy of mention: for example, dichloromethane and carbon tetrachloride are the first two REACH substances that passed the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) Chemicals Assessment.
European Chlorinated Solvents Producers can be proud of the substantial progress that has been made under their ECSA Sustainability Programme between 2007 and 2012. ECSA will continue its efforts in pro-active communication towards stakeholders, such as the revamped website which delivers comprehensive information about chlorinated solvents and adds tools for a further dialogue with the downstream users of chlorinated solvents.
See more information in the following chapters summarizing the key elements of the programme or access the full report
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