One of the most well-researched categories of chemicals, chlorinated solvents are used in a variety of applications, which are mainly industrial. The properties and the health and environmental characteristics of these products have become better known over the years; as a result, the chlorinated solvents industry has engaged in active risk management and risk reduction programmes, including, for example, the development of solvents management services.
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.
All in all, 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 Vision has 3 identified Key Elements:
- Sustainability by product and application page
- Value chain engagement page
- Stakeholder engagement and communication page
The ECSA Vision Elements identify the three key areas in which the chlorinated solvents industry is taking concrete steps to ensure its sustainability.
The objectives assigned under each key Element 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.
These three Elements are the building blocks of ECSA's Vision. They set out the long-term objectives required to achieve the Vision, they identify Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that will help ECSA determine where it stands relative to these objectives, resulting in nine concrete objectives.
The sections outline the rationale for each Vision Element, highlights the specific objectives attached to each Element, and the performance indicators against which their implementation will be judged.
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Last update: 06/2014