A broad stakeholder consultation revealed that emissions of chlorinated solvents are the cause of most of the pressure being brought to bear against chlorinated solvents products. By reducing emissions better efficiency of use, more value from each molecule of solvent and reduced exposure can be achieved.

This Vision Element covers:

  • Driving industry and product sustainability by identifying challenges or opportunities for each emissive application
  • Ensuring safety for human health and environment
  • Demonstrating continual improvement of sustainability in emissive applications
  • Resolving issues over impact of energy and raw materials

ECSA will analyze all emissive applications, prioritize them, and define sustainability improvement actions.

  • ECSA has so far reviewed an impressive total of 60 applications
  • ECSA Product&Application Toolbox

 

 

ECSA has developed an online toolbox freely accessible via the ECSA website to provide users of chlorinated solvents with information about the safe & sustainable use of the products. It is built as a self-explanatory guide based on a simple decision tree of product applications to lead the user readily to the proper information on safe use, environmental protection as well as legislative requirements.

 

The recommendations take into account REACH (Regulation EC 1907/2006 on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) as well as other European legislation or voluntary industry commitments. The content of the Toolbox is based on the REACH Chemical Safety Assessment (CSA) of the substances. In addition, the Toolbox also includes recommendations based on experience of ECSA members that go beyond the given legal framework of the CSA under REACH.

See the ECSA Product&Application Toolbox page.

 

Raw material, energy & production aspects will be coordinated with upstream organizations

  • ECSA is in constant dialogue with Euro Chlor and other CEFIC groups.
  • ECSA is liaising with Euro Chlor on its new Sustainability Programme 2011-2020.

Revision: 02/2018

Angelica Candido joins as ECSA Sector Group Manager

February 2019

This month, Angelica Candido started at Euro Chlor as Sector Group Manager for the European Chlorinated Solvents Association (ECSA) and European Fluorocarbons Technical Committee (EFCTC) Sector Groups.

Previously Ms. Candido worked as a toxicologist for Penman Consulting, where she managed and coordinated EU chemical registrations under REACH/CLP regulation (and occasionally non-EU) and related tasks. In this role, she coordinated medium/large testing programmes, which included collaborative relationships with clients, research organisations and third parties.

Angelica graduated in Toxicology and Environmental health at Utrecht University, where she focused on endocrine disruptor activities of crude and refined petroleum products.


 

TRI Authorisations granted

September 2018

Trichloroethylene (TRI) can be used safely under controlled conditions. Five authorisations have been granted to BlueCube Germany (a subsidiary of Olin) to continue to produce TRI for specific uses, for example Industrial Parts Cleaning. Customers of this producer can use TRI for these applications under the conditions set by the EU Commission and the defined risk management measures.


 

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 Dichloromethane

February 2018

Together with HSIA, ECSA supported a study to clarify the mode of action of cancer formation for Dichloromethane (DCM). The study results have been published end of 2018. The outcome of the study shows that below the threshold there is no risk of cancer formation related to DCM.

The full paper is available here.