Press release, Stockholm World Water Week
Harmful chemicals used in consumer products pose not only a health risk to citizens but also ends up in wastewaters and finally enter the water cycle. To fully eliminate them in the wastewater treatment is today nor technically possible nor sustainable from an energy or economy point of view. In general, it is much more efficient to control substances at source through reduced use of harmful chemicals in processes and products.
“Legal restrictions is an efficient way to reduce harmful chemicals in our waters, but economic incentives and voluntary industry initiatives may be as important”, says Anders Finnson, representing EUREAU and Environmental Advisor at Swedish Water & Wastewater Association .
At the occasion of a joint seminar on “Cooperation to Prevent Harmful Chemicals in the Water Cycle”, EUREAU, together with ChemSec and leading companies, present tools for chemicals management and show the business advantages of being ahead of chemicals regulations. The seminar highlights positive examples from progressive companies and shows how the regulatory development needs to be adapted.
“At today´s seminar we are really looking forward to describe this unique cooperation between an environmental group, water management and business, and explain how cooperation can lead to cleaner waters”, says Anne-Sofie Andersson, ChemSec Director.
Presentations of the seminar
EUREAU on the Need for Control Hazardous Chemicals at Source. Mr. Anders Finnson, SWWA , Sweden
Feedback Experience on the Reduction of the Chromium (Tanners) Discharges in the Sewer Systems of the city of Millau (Aveyron - France). Mr. Bruno Tisserand and Ms. Christelle Pagotto Veolia
Perspectives towards Eco-efficient Management of Water in European Chemical Industry. Dr. Thomas Track, DECHEMA
Chemwater Project. Dr. Renata Koerfer
Microplastiscs - A New Challenge for the Water Industry? Dr. Greet De Gueldre, Aquafin, and Mr. Michaël Bentvelsen, UVW
Safer Product Design to Eliminate Water Pollution at Source. Ms. Anne-Sofie Andersson, Chemsec
Boots Approach to Chemicals Management. Mr. Iain Brunning, Boots
Chemical Management at H&M. Ms. Ylva Weissbach, H&M