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More than 30,000 chemical substances, in addition to a huge number of chemical intermediates, are marketed in the EU in quantities above 1 tonne per year. A number of the chemicals that we use today have unsolicited effects on humans and the environment.
To reduce the undesirable consequences of chemicals problematic chemicals are being replaced with less problematic chemicals or technical solutions. This replacement procedure is currently being carried out through procedures under EU Chemicals Regulation, REACH, other legislation or through voluntary initiatives in companies.
COWI has assisted national environmental authorities; the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) and the European Commission with assessing alternatives to substances that authorities wish to limit. We also assist private companies in relation to substitution.
Substitution projects typically involve a team of experts with thorough knowledge of:
COWI's assessments and evaluations have formed the basis for regulatory action to limit some of the most problematic chemicals such as mercury, lead, cadmium, brominated flame retardants, phthalates and persistent organic pollutants (POPs).
We also apply our extensive knowledge of chemicals when we assist companies in identifying alternatives to the chemicals or materials that companies want to replace. This can include identifying and assessing alternatives.
In the consideration of substitution, several environmental parameters must be taken into consideration. COWI has extensive experience with the use of life-cycle assessments for evaluation of substitution and has in recent years been active in the development of life cycle CO2 analyses, in which the so-called CO2 footprint (carbon footprint) of a material or product is calculated.
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Environmental chemistry and ecotoxcology
Life cycle assessments (LCA)
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