According to the report, Belgium needs to improve its own public strategy to stimulate the substitution of dangerous substances. However, EU policies are “inadequate and insufficient” to recognize the domestic challenges.
Ordered by the FPSE (Federal Public Service Economy), the report draws an outline for a Belgian-specific approach. Hence, this approach helps to facilitate replacements of SVHCs (Substances of Very High Concerns) between private sector companies.
It should contain economic and regulatory instruments, and integration of tailored and cross-sectoral actions on Belgian primacy topics stated the report directed by consultancies RDC Environment.
The final measure should apply to cases where:
- In Belgium, substances are useful in applications where impulsive innovation ability to substitute is decreasing (lower to a medium stage of technology)
- The high attention of substances of problems is address in the regional environment. In contrast to such a situation, the target public acts is not necessary when substances with innovative technologies.
- Alternatives manufacturers set in Belgium
Substitution is the most significant pillar of REACH. However, the number of industries in Europe have been slow to move towards safer alternatives. Depending on the several provisions like deliberations about socio-economic influence to secure approval to remain the use of SVHCs.
Authorities are moving towards creativities to promote the substitution on the growing NGO demands for harmless chemicals.
Substitutions are the most important European Commission’s second REACH action. The Belgium report says satisfactory information is inappropriate and assessment practices in the EU are not enough to extend feasible substitutions.
They do not boost asset in the invention, while downstream users “unaware or ignore” of their responsibilities, report says.
Depending on the findings from discussion with Belgian shareholders, other European member states and a workshop, the report creates 23 different references to promote substitution.
The selection of policy tools need to adapt to every significant case, it concludes. Also, to evade unfortunate substitution, the ranking shouldn’t organize around the separate substances rather than major sectors or functions, it says.