ECSA Sustainability Program

ECSA Sustainability program

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.

Milestones achieved:

Sustainability by product and application

  • ECSA Product & Application toolbox available online. Recommendations for a safe & sustainable use for 5 solvents and more than 60 applications. More than 350 individual activities covered. Consult the Product & Application Toolbox.
  • Dichloromethane and carbon tetrachloride successfully assessed under the OECD HPV Program.
  • Chlorinated Solvents: improved Safety & Quality Assessment Questionnaire for Distributors of Chlorinated Solvents (ESAD)
  • Trichloroethylene: Charter for the safe use of Trichloroethylene signed by all relevant ECSA members and their down stream users.

Value chain engagement

  • Sustainability workshop held with solvents distributors in cooperation with FECC
  • Perchloroethylene: E-DryClean sustainable dry cleaning processing launched for employees and employers/management of dry-cleaning shops.

Stakeholder engagement and communication

  • ECSA Guidance on Storage and Handling of Chlorinated Solvents translated into several languages (English, French, German, Italian and Russian).
  • Revamp of ECSA website to improve stakeholder communication

See more information in the following chapters summarizing the key elements of the programme:

ECSA Sustainability vision page
Sustainability by product and application page
Value chain engagement page
Stakeholder engagement and communication page

Last update : 05/2018

Montreal Protocol Meeting - ECSA & HSIA side event

November 2017

DCM & the ozone layer
24 November 2017 – 13hrs – Montréal

During this side event, we will provide you with scientific facts and figures on the worldwide production, emissions of the VSLS Dichloromethane (DCM) and its negligible contribution to ozone depletion.
We will consider the following criteria: global production by industry and emissions, global natural production, behavior and effect on the atmosphere, regulatory overview for DCM. The full paper is available here. A one-pager summary is also available.
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IOELVs for DCM, CTC and PER published

February 2017

Indicative Occupational Exposure Limit Values (IOELVs) for DCM, CTC and PER have been published by the EU Commission (cf. DIRECTIVE (EU) 2017/164 of 31.1.2017), which are in line with the REACH DNEL(inhalation) for workers. 
These IOELVs have to be considered by member states for setting national exposure limits (OELs), which they have to accomplish by 21. August 2018. Only national OELs are legally binding for occupational safety, whereas the IOELVs have to be considered by users in case no OELs is set, yet.  The relevant OELs are provided with the SDS of the solvents suppliers (cf. chapter 8.1). 

 

UBA PMT criteria published

February 2018

The German Environment Agency (UBA, Umweltbundesamt) has published the assessment of "Persistence, Mobility and Toxicity (PMT)" with the desire to protect drinking water sources. Applying conservative criteria for PMT as defined by UBA, perchloroethylene (PER) and trichloroethylene (TRI) appear as number 2 and 3 on the report. UBA also aims to establish PMT as an equivalent concern to identify SVHC substance for authorisation under REACH. ECSA does not consider SVHC identification using PMT criteria as the appropriate tool to improve drinking water quality due to this being a pure hazard based approach and thus does not consider risk. TRI is already listed in Annex XIV (authorisation) and today PER is handled almost exclusively in closed systems with no intentional emission to water or soil. For further information see the ECSA position paper on PER here.

New Study on DCM

October 2016

Together with HSIA, ECSA supported a study to clarify the mode of action of cancer formation for methylene chloride (DCM). A publication is expected soon in a peer reviewed scientific journal. The outcome of the study shows that below a threshold there is no risk on cancer formation related to DCM.