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Unlock the market: Economic incentives for alternatives to hazardous chemicals

By implementing economic incentives in EU chemicals legislation that would support companies who are moving away from hazardous chemicals, EU policy makers could stimulate the transition of the market towards sustainability more efficiently.

In the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability, the European Commission highlights that substitution of the most harmful substances has not occurred at the expected pace and that companies that are leading the way still encounter major economic and technical barriers. This report shows that this is because the current legislative system has disfavoured the market for alternatives.

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A fresh coat of paint on the analysis of alternatives

On 7 March 2019, the European Court of Justice annulled an authorisation granted under REACH. For the first time, the court looked at the legality of an authorisation and more specifically on how to assess the availability of safer alternatives. Even if the ruling doesn’t provide an answer to all problems connected with European chemicals legislation, it does carve out a few lessons to be learned. For this reason, ChemSec and ClientEarth joined forces in a new report that aims to analyse the judgement and translate it into concrete actions for the future.

The Missing Piece – Chemicals in Circular Economy

This ChemSec publication highlights the piece that has been missing in the circular economy debate – hazardous chemicals. Designing and manufacturing products to be recycled is great, but without proper attention to chemicals, circular economy will never work.

Lost at SEA*

This ChemSec report analyses the socio-economic analysis that forms part of the REACH Authorisation process and argues that the current practices in preparing them do not yield satisfying results. In some cases, the procedure even threatens the aim of REACH.