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The Sustainable Chemicals Management Project Has Launched

How could a more sustainable management of chemicals look like at an international level? What type of framework needs to be developed to support companies and governments to achieve this goal? Moreover, what indicators and milestones should be in place in order to monitor the process in easy and effective ways? The newly launched project, Sustainable Chemicals Management, aims to answer these questions with a concise guideline.

The project looks to address challenges such as the lack of transparency regarding chemical substances across the lifecycle of products or the absence of clear regulation concerning hazardous substances. The Sustainable Chemicals Management project draws on the work carried under the umbrella of the “2020 Chemicals Target”, an international agreement aimed at minimising adverse effects of chemicals on human health and the environment. The Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) was established in 2006 to implement the “2020 Chemicals Target”. The Sustainable Chemicals Management project focuses on continuing this work by setting a guideline for the post-2020 period.

The guideline aims to generate positive impact by minimising the use of harmful substances as well as reducing the use of natural resources. It will do so by developing milestones in the form of orientation marks as well as clear indicators to help keep track of the progress.

To ensure that the process is run seamlessly and that the set milestones and indicators are accepted and followed by all parties, the CSCP will lead the multi-stakeholder process across the UN regions.

The Sustainable Chemicals Management is a project funded by the Umweltbundesamt (UBA).

For further questions, please contact Janpeter Beckmann.

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