Peter Fisk recently joined a webinar hosted by the European Solvents Industry Group (ESIG), a Stakeholder Day called “Solvents and the Green Deal – Circularity & Sustainability.” 

The opening presentation was of wide relevance and so it is reviewed it here. This was a presentation by DG Environment (Paola Migliorini, Deputy Head of Unit – Sustainable Production, Products and Consumption). It was entitled “Circularity & Sustainability in the Green Deal and beyond.” This is part of the topic “Mobilising industry for a clean and circular economy” within the European Green Deal, and focussed on the following topics: 

  • Sustainable Products Initiative: addressing all products placed on the EU market, promoting better design for reuse and recyclability, and meeting sustainability requirements. Manufacturers need more incentives to achieve these ends.
  • Empowering consumers for the green transition 
  • Supporting more sustainable patterns of consumption by tackling false green claims stressing role of Environmental Footprint (EF) methodology.

This was a key element of the presentation in that impacts to be covered were set out:

  • Climate change
  • Water use
  • Land use
  • Acidification
  • Ozone depletion
  • Human toxicity
  • Marine, freshwater and terrestrial eutrophication
  • Freshwater ecotoxicity
  • Particulate matter
  • Resource use – minerals, metals, fossils
  • Ionising radiation
  • Photochemical ozone formation

These impacts will be scored.

Life cycle analysis is seen as too complex for the need.

Key product value chains were identified:

  • Electronics and ICT
  • Batteries and vehicles
  • Packaging
  • Plastics
  • Textiles
  • Construction and buildings.
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