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  • 28-January-2019

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    Saving Costs in Chemicals Management - How the OECD Ensures Benefits to Society

    The chemical industry is one of the largest industrial sectors in the world and is expected to grow fourfold by 2060. Indeed modern life without chemicals would be inconceivable. Given the potential environmental and human health risks from exposure to chemicals, governments and industry have a major responsibility to ensure that chemicals are produced and used safely. The OECD assists countries in developing and implementing policies and instruments that protect human health and the environment, and in making their systems for managing chemicals as efficient as possible. To eliminate duplication of work and avoid non-tariff barriers to trade, emphasis has been on developing shared frameworks for gathering and assessing information on potential chemical risks. The time-tested OECD Mutual Acceptance of Data (MAD) system provides a major basis for generating savings to governments and industry. This report provides an overview of the benefits and estimates the total savings from OECD work to be more than EUR 309 million per year.
  • 15-November-2018

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    Sustainable Chemistry

    On 6 November 2018, the OECD was awarded the Silver Award in the research category at the 2018 Global Chemical Leasing Award for its report on the Economic Features of Chemical Leasing.

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  • 2-November-2018

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    Missed our latest webinar: Toward greener water and oil repellents in the textile industry? Watch the video recording

    On 30 October 2018, Eeva Leinala of the OECD Environment Directorate; Ruth Garcia, Gemma Janer and Marc Torrentellé from LEITAT; and Julio Fierro of the Centro Tecnológico de Investigación Multisectorial presented the MIDWOR-LIFE project that aims to mitigate the environmental, health and safety impacts of current Durable Water & Oil Repellents and available alternatives by looking at their environmental impact & technical performance.

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  • 30-October-2018

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    Join our Webinar on Tuesday 30 October @ 1 pm: Toward greener water and oil repellents in the textile industry - case study

    The webinar will present the MIDWOR-LIFE project that aims to mitigate the environmental, health and safety impacts of current Durable Water and Oil Repellents and available alternatives by looking at their environmental impact and technical performance.

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  • 22-October-2018

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    Assessing the economic valuation of the benefits of regulating chemicals - Environment Working Paper

    This paper reviews and compares five case studies on quantification and economic valuation of benefits in cost-benefit analyses (CBAs) of regulating phthalates, mercury, PFOA (perfluoro-octanic acid) and its salts, NMP (1 methyl-2-pyrroloidine) and formaldehyde. The case studies had all been carried out as part of the SACAME project, and the purpose of the present paper is to draw out cross-cutting findings from these studies.

  • 12-September-2018

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    Webinar: Best Environmental Practices (BEP) for textiles in the context of management of per- and polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFASs)

    Join us for our per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances webinar on Best Environmental Practices (BEP) for Textiles

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  • 31-July-2018

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    Call for data on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) and alternatives

    The OECD is aiming to collect data for a new report on PFASs and Alternatives - Commercial Availability and Current Uses. A questionnaire is available to provide information on current uses of alternatives to PFASs on the following sectors: textile and shoes, firefighting foam and food packaging. Industry, public authorities, NGOs and academia are invited to participate. Please note that the deadline for response is 31 July 2018.

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  • 6-June-2018

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    Economic valuation in 1-Methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP) regulation - Environment Working Paper

    This paper gives an overview of economic assessments of the benefits of the control of 1-Methyl-2-pyrrolidone, an organic solvent, used in a number of sectors. Health risks associated with the manufacture of NMP include the risk of stillbirth and developmental retardation to pregnant workers, as well as a variety of chronic and acute effects, including respiratory effects.

  • 6-June-2018

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    Economic assessments of the benefits of regulating mercury - Environment Working Paper

    This paper gives an overview of economic assessments of the benefits of the control of emissions of mercury compounds, their completeness from a social cost point of view and the magnitudes of the values attached to mercury compounds in different contexts. The assessments have been conducted in the context of coal-fired electricity generation and the valuation of human health impacts linked to ingestion of methylmercury.

  • 6-June-2018

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    Socio-economic assessment of phthalates - Environment Working Paper

    This paper gives an overview of economic assessments of the benefits of the control of exposure to phthalates, a group of chemicals with numerous uses, most importantly, as a plasticiser to make rigid plastics like PVC flexible. There is significant concern that these substances can act as endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), affecting both human health and ecosystems.

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