Chemical industry pioneers solvent use reduction charters

The Chemical Industries Association (CIA) is to sign two charters in April with engineering and dry cleaning trade associations which will aim to reduce emissions of chlorinated solvents by 30% by 1996. The charters are part of an initiative by the European Chlorinated Solvents Association (ECSA) to sign some 15 agreements with national and international trade associations by the end of 1993.

The initiative is being driven by policy developments at EC level. Chlorinated solvents have been designated as a "priority waste stream" by the European Commission. Curbs on solvent emissions from several industrial sectors are also soon to be proposed by Brussels (ENDS Report 207, pp 32-34 ).

The ECSA's cha

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