Baseline paint market study in Ecuador (English / Spanish)
The World Health Organization (WHO) with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) has launched the initiative called "Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint" whose goal is to phase-out the manufacture and sale of paintings that contain lead thereby reducing the exposition to this metal and eliminating its risks and effects on the population.
In Ecuador, CEER is the technical executor of the project “Lead-free paints”, carried out with the technical support of the Cleaner Production Centre of Serbia, experts from the United States Environmental Protection Agency, United Nations Environment Program, public and private institutions. CEER will focus its efforts on the successful development of each activity of this project, which in the first place requires a baseline that reflects the reality of the country regarding the paints and coatings market, just as the use of pigments and lead compounds in the Ecuadorian industry. To achieve this purpose, it will consider the existing base information at the national level, related to records, databases, and statistics available in private and state agencies.
Through this component, the efforts made in the country will be also known, in terms of the development of regulations around the market for paints and coatings, which will allow for a clear and precise starting point to achieve the objectives of the project regarding the regularization of the use of lead in paints, whose final goal is to reach 90 ppm of content by dry weight for these products.
This document was prepared under the Global Environment Facility (GEF) full sized project 9771: Global best practices on emerging chemical policy issues of concern under the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM). This project is funded by the GEF, implemented by UNEP and executed by the SAICM Secretariat.