Paint study urges dual approach to curb VOC emissions

The first suggestion that statutory controls on polluting products could be tied in with the EC's eco-labelling scheme has emerged in a consultant's draft report for the European Commission on emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from decorative paints. But the Commission has caused some confusion by funding a second study which is working up wider "cradle-to-grave" environmental criteria for paints for the eco-labelling scheme.

The recommendation that VOC emissions from decorative paints and varnishes should be reduced by a combination of voluntary action involving eco-labelling and legal limits on their organic solvent content has been made in a preliminary report prepared for the Commission by a Dutch consultancy, Consultium.

The study is being sponsored by the air pollution branch of the Commission's Environment Directorate, DGXI, as part of its VOC abatement

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