International Year of Chemistry, 2011

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Alternatives Identification and Assessment Training for the Substitution of Hazardous Chemicals

Activity by raluca aurora stepa   |   added on Nov 28, 2011   |   Germany Official_iyc_logo

Sponsor(s): Life+ Programme of the European Union, BAuA-Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health of Germany,United Nations Environment Programe-Mediterranean Action Plan, The Federal Ministry oof Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, Au

The workshop will help answer very actual questions: Are there safer chemicals available? How and where do I find them? Which of them are suited for my company? How do I evaluate them? What are the steps of the substitution process?


One of the greatest challenges of chemistry today is to use its knowledge and creativity to meet the world needs for sustainable development.

A training workshops on identification and assessment of safer chemicals that are available as alternatives to hazardous substances will be organized in Barcelona, Spain, at the premises of the Catalonian Agency for Wastes. The workshop will be held on 13 December 2011 and will gather participants from the Mediterranean region.
An interactive form of teaching will help participants gain knowledge of free sources of information, databases and tools that can help them in the substitution process as well as in the general management of chemicals.

The training will be organized as a result of the collaboration between the SUBSPORT project consortium and the UNEP Regional Activity Centre for Cleaner Production (CP/RAC).

The SUBSPORT consortium will participate in this event as part of the Life LIFE08 ENV/D/000027 project. The consortium consists of Kooperationsstelle Hamburg IFE- Germany, ISTAS- Spain, ChemSec- Sweden and Grontmij- Denmark , all partners experienced in chemical management and training.

The CP/RAC is one of the six Regional Activity Centres within the Mediterranean Action Plan. CP/RAC participation in the training will be part of the activity 5.1.13 “Promotion and diffusion of Alternative Products and Processes to reduce the use of POPs and other chemicals’’ of its Programme of Work. The main goal of the CP/RAC is the promotion and dissemination of prevention and the reduction of pollution at source in the industrial, agriculture and tourism sectors.

The collaboration between the two  teams in organizing the workshop is meant to mark the anniversary year of chemistry and its capacity to  generate progress while protecting life and environment.

Topic: workshops, sustainable and green chemistry Audience: environmental and safety specialists, professional chemists, industrial chemists, ngos, research scientists, decision makers, governmental authorities
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