ChemSec’s Communication Officer Karin Forslund recounts her first steps as a new employee with the NGO and likens the experience to a grieving process.
The SSbD criteria can be an instrument for good. But in order for this to happen, it is important that it is easily applicable and understandable. It is also important that it is given enough teeth to actually make a difference. Keeping to these five key concepts would greatly help in this endeavor.
Why are we talking about the composition of lubricants when we’re supposed to move towards a toxic-free future?
No law is 100 percent enforceable. There has always, and will always be cases where breaking the law is not punished. This fact does, however, not mean that the crimes should be tolerated.
We believe that Safe and Sustainable by Design is an opportunity for the European chemical industry to position itself as a world leader, creating business opportunities and growth.
There are many opinions about how to implement the essential use concept, which is understandable. Depending on the final definition it could have long-lasting effects on the EU’s approach to hazardous chemicals in consumer products.
Was the Chemical Strategy for Sustainability a success? As we celebrate its one-year anniversary today, on the 14th of October, it is far too early to say. We can however conclude that the strategy and the policies it proposes are still important and needed, and that it has given the chemical issues an appropriate level of attention amongst policy makers.
The recent report from The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) leaves no room for doubt: Human activities do cause the global warming and its catastrophic effects.
The European Commission has initiated an ambitious work to define criteria for what chemicals and materials are to be considered safe and sustainable by design. This week, ChemSec is submitting our opinion on the topic in a stakeholder survey that will help identify how this can be done.
The third time’s the charm for the European Chemicals Agency, ECHA, who have stepped up their efforts and are communicating their actions better in the Integrated Regulatory Strategy annual report for 2020, compared to the two previous ones.