China-EU industry forum on safer chemical substitution

Feature Story - 2013-02-05
Greenpeace East Asia is working with the SUBSPORT project, a LIFE funded project of the European Union jointly conducted by four EU project partners, to organize a forum on chemical substitution.

Organizers: ChemSec & Greenpeace East Asia

Programme background:

In 2012, China’s 12th Five-Year Plan for Industrial Cleaner Production outlined that the nation would conduct the substitution of hazardous chemicals in materials and products, while promoting the use of low-hazardous and non-hazardous materials and reducing the concentration of hazardous chemicals in products. In parallel, the National 12th Five-Year Plan for Chemicals Environmental Risk Prevention and Control has for the first time stated that China will improve its prevention and control system for environmental risks of chemicals, and will phase out chemicals with high toxicity, high persistency and high environmental hazards under legislative regulations. 

With ‘Chemical Substitution’ being a significant method to reduce the environmental, occupational and public health risks of hazardous chemicals, practical substitution methodology and safer alternatives availability are topics of interest for both the industry and the government.

Greenpeace East Asia is working with the SUBSPORT project, a LIFE funded project of the European Union jointly conducted by four EU project partners, to organize a forum on chemical substitution. The forum aims to provide a platform where industries and policy makers could communicate the method and approaches to conduct chemical substitution. Through the forum, participants will not only be introduced with the tools and guidance for substitution and substitution management, but to exchange information on alternative chemicals and technologies via substitution cases. 

The format and content of the forum is based on the ongoing SUBSPORT training programme, which has been conducted in more than 15 sessions across Europe since 2012. Walking through the substitution process, SUBSPORT training helps participants establish a methodical way of practicing substitution in companies. Furthermore, the forum will take the case stories of SUBSPORT as examples to guide the industries to analyze the search process and safety assessment on substituted chemicals.

Participants of this forum:

The forum welcomes the participants of a diversity of stakeholders, both domestic and international, who are interested in the hazardous chemical substitution involved in products and manufacturing process, including governmental agencies, industry, trade unions, NGOs and other stakeholders.

Time of Forum: March 25th (Monday), 2013

Location of Forum: Zhijiang Hotel, City of HangZhou, Zhejiang Province

Download: 

1. Forum agenda

2. Forum registration form

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