ECSA vision

 

The ECSA Sustainability Programme allows ECSA to review consistently and in depth the sustainability of chlorinated solvents, and to set itself challenging though achievable long-term objectives ensuring the sustainable use and end-of-life management of chlorinated solvents.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 3 Vision Elements identify the three key areas in which the chlorinated solvents industry is taking concrete steps to ensure sustainability. They set out the long-term objectives required to achieve the Vision, embedded in Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that will help ECSA to determine where it stands relative to these objectives.

The resulting nine concrete objectivesassigned to the 3 Vision Elements are not only a matter for ECSA members; they require direct and concrete engagement with third parties such as value chain actors and other external stakeholders. During the course of implementing measures under the ECSA Sustainability Programme, the REACH legislation was introduced in Europe and ECSA integrated REACH aspects into the existing Sustainability Programme.

 Internal pagesof this chapter

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.
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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). 

 

IARC monograph on DCM

January 2017

DCM has been re-classified by IARC (IARC website) from Group 2B (Possibly carcinogenic to humans) to the next higher Group 2A (Probably carcinogenic to humans). This reclassification from 2014 has been published recently (Dichloromethane).In the opinion of ECSA the reclassification is not scientifically justified. IARC Monograph classifications are also questioned by other associations such as the American Chemical Council (ACC). However the IARC classification is of no regulatory relevance in EU as European legislation is triggered by classification according to the CLP (GHS) regulation (EC 1272/2008).  

 

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.