One of the most well-researched categories of chemicals,
chlorinated solvents are used in a variety of applications, which
are mainly industrial. The properties and the health
and environmental characteristics of these products have become
better known over the years; as a result, the chlorinated solvents
industry has engaged in active risk management and risk reduction
programmes, including, for example, the development of solvents
During the course of implementing measures under the ECSA
Sustainability Programme, the REACH legislation was introduced in
Europe and ECSA integrated REACH aspects into the existing
All in all, the ECSA Sustainability Programme allows ECSA
to review consistently and in depth the sustainability of
chlorinated solvents, and to set itself challenging though
achievable long-term objectives ensuring the sustainable use and
end-of-life management of chlorinated solvents.
The Vision has 3 identified Key Elements:
The ECSA Vision Elements identify the
three key areas in which the chlorinated solvents industry is
taking concrete steps to ensure its sustainability.
The objectives assigned under each key
Element are not only a matter for ECSA members; they require direct
and concrete engagement with third parties such as value chain
actors and other external stakeholders.
These three Elements are the building blocks of ECSA's Vision.
They set out the long-term objectives required to achieve the
Vision, they identify Key Performance Indicators
(KPIs) that will help ECSA determine where it stands relative to
these objectives, resulting in nine concrete objectives.
The sections outline the rationale for each Vision Element,
highlights the specific objectives attached to each Element, and
the performance indicators against which their implementation will
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Last update: 09/2011