Final week, the commerce affiliation Cosmetics Europe participated within the European Fee’s (EC) first Excessive-Stage Roundtable on the implementation of the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability (CSS) alongside representatives from the Worldwide Affiliation for Soaps, Detergents and Upkeep Merchandise (A.I.S.E.); the European Chemical Business Council (Cefic); Covestro; Solvay; Henkel; Eurometaux; and SMEunited.
Following the assembly – particulars of which can be found here – the above Excessive-Stage Roundtable members issued a joint assertion on what they believed was essential to efficiently implement the EC’s Chemical substances Technique for Sustainability.
‘Efficient and coherent’ implementation wanted – trade able to ‘play its position’
“Efficient and coherent implementation of the Chemical substances Technique for Sustainability will lay essential foundations for reaching the objectives of the European Inexperienced Deal, which we, the undersigned, totally help,” the assertion stated.
“…Working along with policymakers, civil society and academia, we should make sure that implementation of the Chemical substances Technique for Sustainability helps, not hinders, profitable supply of Europe’s Inexperienced Deal and strategic autonomy. The trade is able to play its position in supporting this work, aiding the transition in direction of a climate-neutral and round economic system.”
The signatories stated they have been dedicated to taking part in their half in constructing upon what was already “essentially the most superior chemical security laws on this planet” and would proceed efforts to “additional develop and spend money on secure and sustainable substances”.
EU border enforcement and safe-and-sustainable-by-design innovation
As a part of making this transition easy, they stated that, firstly, enforcement of current chemical substances laws on the EU border by way of a toolkit would “make an unlimited distinction to public well being and surroundings”. “Enforcement would additionally reassure those that adjust to laws and spend money on sustainable chemistry that their competitiveness will stay safeguarded,” they stated.
Secondly, prioritising mechanisms that accelerated ‘safe-and-sustainable-by-design’ innovation can be “one other essential driver” for the success of the Chemical substances Technique for Sustainability.
“Defining what constitutes ‘secure and sustainable’ should come first, whereas sustainability have to be achieved with out compromise on security. Introducing clear market incentives will all the time drive progress of commercial change quicker than by introducing wider restrictions and bans,” they stated.
“…All of us share the identical objectives because the Fee for a system that ensures there isn’t any hurt to folks or the surroundings and helps the trade’s investments into extra progressive options manufactured on European soil.”
‘Variety of corporations’ have to be thought-about throughout transition
The signatories additionally stated the “central position” but “delicate scenario” of SMEs and the way they participated within the implementation the Chemical substances Technique for Sustainability would additionally should be “addressed with extraordinary care”.
It was essential too that “specificities of every worth chain on this course of” have been checked out fastidiousl