This report outlines a vision of the chemical industry at mid-century and offers an invitation to discuss and debate the urgent decisions we are all facing – the prerequisites to a world that is cleaner, healthier and more inclusive, where the costly transition to climate neutrality has been socially fair, and in which Europe maintains its global relevance.
The Council today adopted conclusions on chemicals which offer political guidance on the development of a sustainable EU chemicals policy strategy. The conclusions address in particular the topics of REACH, endocrine disruptors, nanomaterials and pharmaceuticals.
ECHA will start to evaluate 20 % of registration dossiers in each tonnage band to improve the compliance of REACH registrations. This will mean approximately 30 % of all registered chemicals will be checked.
In 2018, the European Commission published the second REACH review. Action 3 proposed in this review aims to improve the workability and quality of extended safety data sheets.
ECHA is supporting the Commission in this work that was kicked off in a workshop in March 2019. That workshop focused on the expectations for extended safety data sheets as an information source for risk assessment and management. The participants also discussed various options which should be explored to meet the goals of REACH Review Action 3.
The Forum agreed to conduct a pilot project to check the classification of mixtures, including detergents and cleaning products. It will also explore with ECHA’s stakeholders, whether they can take actions to improve safety data sheets at a meeting on 4 July 2019.
The aluminium industry is at a crossroad, facing considerable challenges but also tremendous business and societal opportunities. Its goal is to strive for a truly sustainable economy, supporting the Paris Agreement and delivering on the UN Sustainable Development Goals. This requires a deep transformation and renewal of its existing industrial base and assets.
The Sunrise project aims at providing a sustainable solution to mitigate the effects of climate change by developing a sustainable alternative to the production of fossil-based, energy-intensive fuels and basic chemicals. The project is committed to help establish a carbon-neutral circular economy and contribute to a carbon-neutral Europe by 2050.
Most of the plastic in our oceans originates from land-based sources. On European beaches, plastics make up 80-85 % of marine litter, which is considered a major threat to marine and coastal biodiversity. Marine litter also costs the European Union economy an estimated €259 million to €695 million per year.