Policy and guidelines
Multilateral Environmental Agreements such the Stockholm and Basel conventions are vital instruments that have taken tangible action to phase out some of the most harmful and persistent chemicals, including many seen in building materials and products.
However, more ambitious action is needed at all levels to achieve the associated Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Further development of a comprehensive global framework on chemicals has been recommended by the Global Chemicals Outlook (II) which calls for an international common vision, effective use of targets and indicators, innovative financing, filling of global data and knowledge gaps, strengthening the science-policy interface, greater value chain transparency, and increased education and research initiatives.
This section includes examples of policies, including procurement strategies and specifications, deployed at the local, national and international level to reduce various chemical impacts from building materials and products.