Chemicals Management

Due to the consumption of chemicals by all industries and their use in most manufacturing processes, the production of chemicals is one of the most important, fastest-growing globalized sectors of the global economy. The essential economic role of chemicals and their contribution to improved living standards for a larger range of societies within industrialised countries and developing countries alike are counteracted by the need to also recognise the potential costs and risks. These include the heavy use of water and energy in many processes, as well as the potential adverse impacts of chemicals on the environment and human health. The diversity and potential severity of such impacts makes sound chemicals management a key cross-cutting issue for sustainable development.

Adverse environmental impacts and human health effects of chemicals are not only addressed by the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM), but even more profoundly and pervasively by the regulation known as the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) in Europe. One future goal of Sustainable Chemicals Management is to spread and apply as many of these standards as globally possible. When being used sustainably and innovatively, chemicals have a substantial and positive impact on modern lifestyle and global development. New technologies within the chemicals sector continuously solve problems connected to production processes, disposal processes, as well as creating a new line of ideas for processing and production techniques.

What we want

The background described above is the reason for why we consider Sustainable Chemicals Management as the centre (crucial point) for the use of chemicals in general. The most promising approach is to spread existing and successful standards across a wider field while refining those standards along the way. There are countless numbers of instruments and material which one can refer to for adequate information. With that being said, the main purpose of this website is to give a clear and complete overview about these standards and to avoid gaps or redundancies between stakeholders.