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    Ecolabeling a Critical Tool to Manage Chemicals in Electronics

    Ecolabeling a Critical Tool to Manage Chemicals in Electronics

    According to a report from UNEP, ecolabels can recognize best practices and are a practical tool for the industry to enhance transparency and traceability through the value chain and drive progress beyond regulations. Because electronic products have value chains spanning the globe, the report calls for increasing alignment and interoperability of criteria across labeling initiatives. Labeling initiatives can be used both as tools for consumers to make informed choices around product purchase, use and end of life, as well as to incentivize producers to trace and improve life cycle management of chemicals present in products.  Read More
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    Study Finds 55 Chemicals of High-Concern Used in Building Materials

    Study Finds 55 Chemicals of High-Concern Used in Building Materials

    The study suggests inhalation is the dominant exposure route, followed by dermal intake, while dust ingestion is negligible. Fifty-five substances were identified as chemicals of high concern, underscoring the need for more refined investigations to select safer alternatives. This study was funded by the GEF project on Global Best Practices on Emerging Chemical Policy Issues of Concern under SAICM. Read More
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    Study Estimates Risk of Chemicals in Products to Young Children

    Study Estimates Risk of Chemicals in Products to Young Children

    The study aims to develop a mouthing exposure model to predict migration into saliva, mouthing exposure, and related health risks from a range of chemical-material combinations in children’s products. The model represents a green and sustainable chemistry tool that industries can apply to assess whether the chemicals present in their products could pose a risk to children. Read More
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    Addressing the Issue of Chemicals of Concern in Electronics: Challenges and recommendations for labelling initiatives

    Addressing the Issue of Chemicals of Concern in Electronics: Challenges and recommendations for labelling initiatives

    Chemicals provide a variety of specific functions in electric and electronic products or in their manufacturing process. However, some of these... Read More

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    Traceability in the textiles value chain

    Traceability in the textiles value chain

    The SAICM Secretariat, in partnership with the University of Cape Town, established a community of practice on Chemicals in Products to bring representatives from different sectors together and to create a learning network around issues related to addressing Chemicals in Products (CiP). This is a summary of the discussion on Traceability in the textiles value chain, which took place on 11 November 2021. Read More
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    Evaluation of Tools and Models Used for Assessing Environmental Exposure to Manufactured Nanomaterials

    Evaluation of Tools and Models Used for Assessing Environmental Exposure to Manufactured Nanomaterials

    Scientific knowledge to assess the exposure to nanomaterials continues to improve. The OECD compiled an inventory of available models... Read More

  • Community of practice summary of discussions
    Making the case: raising awareness about importance of lead paint laws

    Making the case: raising awareness about importance of lead paint laws

    The Secretariat of the Strategic Approach to Chemicals Management (SAICM) and the University of Cape Town (UCT) have established a Community of Practice (CoP) on Lead in Paint to bring representatives from different sectors together and to create a learning network around issues related to the elimination of Lead Paint. This is a summary of the discussion on Making the case: raising awareness about importance of lead paint laws, which took place on 14 September 2021. Read More
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    GEF Council Work Program Features Chemicals and Waste and International Water Projects

    GEF Council Work Program Features Chemicals and Waste and International Water Projects

    The GEF’s Biodiversity, Climate Change, Chemicals and Waste, Land Degradation, and International Waters focal areas are addressed in the GEF Work Program, which is worth USD 190.7 million and represents 5% of the entire GEF-7 replenishment. The LDCF/SCCF Council adopted a Work Program for three projects to address urgent climate change adaptation priorities in Malawi, São Tomé and Príncipe, and the Solomon Islands. Read More
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    Why We Need a Science Policy Panel on Chemicals, Waste and Pollution

    Why We Need a Science Policy Panel on Chemicals, Waste and Pollution

    Pollution is the largest environmental risk factor for premature death on the planet, responsible for 9 million deaths each year. One way to bring much needed visibility and focused attention to this critical issue is a science-policy panel on pollution, chemicals, and waste. At UNEA-5.2 in February/March 2022, governments are expected to decide whether to establish an intergovernmental panel for chemicals, waste, and pollution.  Read More
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    OECD Offers Design Guidance for Sustainable Plastic Products

    OECD Offers Design Guidance for Sustainable Plastic Products

    The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development published a report on the benefits of integrating sustainable chemistry into the design process for sustainable plastic products. The report presents an integrated approach to selecting sustainable plastics from a chemicals perspective, identifying sustainable design goals, life cycle considerations, and trade-offs between life-cycle phases. It aims to help designers and engineers make informed decisions when searching for and incorporating sustainable plastic during the conceptualization phase of their products. Read More
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    UNEP FI Report Explores Financing for Green Building

    UNEP FI Report Explores Financing for Green Building

    Modest adjustments to lending criteria and practices can result in more credit flows to green buildings, according to the UNEP FI research. Green finance products must consider local conditions, such as interest rates, building energy consumption features, and depth of capital markets. A UNEP team has been working with stakeholders in Sri Lanka to identify chemicals of concern in the construction material value chain and with manufacturers on end-product reformulations and alternatives.  Read More
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    Estimating mouthing exposure to chemicals in children’s products

    Estimating mouthing exposure to chemicals in children’s products

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    Background

    Existing models for estimating children’s exposure to chemicals through mouthing currently depends on the... Read More

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    Chemicals of concern in building materials: A high-throughput screening

    Chemicals of concern in building materials: A high-throughput screening

    Chemicals used in building materials can be a major passive emission source indoors, associated with the deterioration of indoor environmental... Read More
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    A Chemicals Perspective on Designing with Sustainable Plastics: Goals, Considerations and Trade-offs

    A Chemicals Perspective on Designing with Sustainable Plastics: Goals, Considerations and Trade-offs

    The development of plastic products does not systematically take sustainability, particularly from a chemicals perspective, into account. This... Read More

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    Sustainable Building Finance: Supporting green mortgage development in Sri Lanka

    Sustainable Building Finance: Supporting green mortgage development in Sri Lanka

    This guide was developed as a resource to inform industry actors on possible approaches to green finance product development. The information can be used by Sri Lankan banks and other building and property stakeholders for capacity building on green finance within institutions and across the sector. Read More
  • Community of practice summary of discussions
    Innovation for achieving the Chemical related SDGs

    Innovation for achieving the Chemical related SDGs

    The Secretariat of the Strategic Approach to Chemicals Management (SAICM) and the University of Cape Town (UCT) have launched a Community of Practice (CoP) on Chemicals and SDGs to bring representatives from different sectors together and to create a learning network around issues related to addressing Chemicals and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This is a summary of the discussion on Innovation for achieving the Chemical related SDGs, which took place on 26 October 2021. Read More
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    Nanomaterials in the environment: Behavior, fate, bioavailability, and effects—An updated review

    Nanomaterials in the environment: Behavior, fate, bioavailability, and effects—An updated review

    The present review covers developments in studies of nanomaterials (NMs) in the environment since our much cited review in 2008. We discuss... Read More

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    Spot the difference: engineered and natural nanoparticles in the environment—release, behavior, and fate

    Spot the difference: engineered and natural nanoparticles in the environment—release, behavior, and fate

    The production and use of nanoparticles leads to the emission of manufactured or engineered nanoparticles into the environment. Those particles... Read More

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    Environmental fate and behaviour of nanomaterials (2014) and Environmental assessment of nanomaterial use in Denmark (2015)

    Environmental fate and behaviour of nanomaterials (2014) and Environmental assessment of nanomaterial use in Denmark (2015)

    Both reports arose from the Danish project “NanoDEN”, commissioned by the Danish EPA.

    Environmental fate and behaviour of... Read More

  • Community of practice summary of discussions
    Alternatives to HHPs – What are elements of success?

    Alternatives to HHPs – What are elements of success?

    The SAICM Secretariat, in partnership with the University of Cape Town, established a community of practice on Highly Hazardous Pesticides (HHPs) to foster discussions, exchange of best practices, and recommendations to address HHPs amongst relevant stakeholders. This is a summary of the discussion on Alternatives to HHPs – What are elements of success?, which took place on 20 October 2020. Read More
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    Minamata Parties Preparing First Long-Form National Reports

    Minamata Parties Preparing First Long-Form National Reports

    The Minamata Convention on Mercury entered into force in 2017, making it the “youngest” multilateral environmental agreement. The Fourth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties is convening in two parts to ensure the Convention can continue to work. At an all-virtual first part, Parties adopted the Convention’s 2022 programme of work and budget and agreed on 21-25 March 2022 as the dates for the second segment of the meeting, which will convene in person in Bali, Indonesia. Read More
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    Alternatives in Phasing Out HHPs: Industry innovations and the Substitution process

    Alternatives in Phasing Out HHPs: Industry innovations and the Substitution process

    The SAICM Secretariat, in partnership with the University of Cape Town, established a community of practice on Highly Hazardous Pesticides (HHPs) to foster discussions, exchange of best practices, and recommendations to address HHPs amongst relevant stakeholders. This is a summary of the discussion on Alternatives in Phasing Out HHPs: Industry innovations and the Substitution process, which took place on 15 September 2020. Read More
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    GEF-8 Draft Work Program Includes Plastic Pollution, Circular Economy

    GEF-8 Draft Work Program Includes Plastic Pollution, Circular Economy

    The GEF was created 30 years ago to support developing countries' efforts to address priorities such as deforestation, desertification, climate change, biodiversity loss, and ozone depletion. The proposed work program for GEF-8 includes an expansion of efforts to address plastic pollution, support a circular economy, and sustainably manage international waters. Read More
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    Week of Action Aims to Accelerate Global Phase Out of Lead Paint

    Week of Action Aims to Accelerate Global Phase Out of Lead Paint

    The week is taking place several months after the UN Environment Programme announced that the use of lead in petrol gas had ended around the world. Governments, civil society organizations, health partners, industry, and others are encouraged to organize campaigns during this week of action. ILPPW aims to: raise awareness about the health impacts of lead exposure; highlight efforts to prevent exposure, particularly in children; and spur further action to eliminate lead paint through regulatory action at the country level.  Read More
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    Two New Pesticides to be Recommended for Rotterdam Listing

    Two New Pesticides to be Recommended for Rotterdam Listing

    CRC-17 concluded that FRA notifications on terbufos and iprodione meet the criteria for listing banned or severely restricted chemicals. The CRC also discussed whether information Mozambique had submitted in its notifications was sufficient to fulfill the Convention’s requirements. The Rotterdam Convention COP is scheduled to convene face-to face in June 2022, jointly and back-to-back with the COPs to the Basel and Stockholm Conventions. Read More