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Competitiveness and Industrial Policy documents

Under this section, you can find documentation related to the competitiveness and industrial policy of the chemicals sector.

Analysis of policies in chemical regions to support the competitiveness of the chemicals industry

Final report pdf - 8 MB [8 MB]

This report presents the results of a comparative analysis of relevant data and policies in EU regions with a strong presence of chemical industries.

Climate policy

Study on hydrofluorocarbons (HFC)

Fluorinated gases

Final report pdf - 147 KB [147 KB] , Annex I pdf - 372 KB [372 KB] , Annex II pdf - 143 KB [143 KB]

Environmental agreements

Commission Communication COM(2002)412 pdf български (bg) czech (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) Français (fr) Gaeilge (ga) hrvatski (hr) italiano (it) latviešu (lv) lietuvių (lt) magyar (hu) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv) on Environmental agreements at EU level within the framework of the Action Plan on the simplification and improvement of the regulatory environment.

Green Paper and studies on Polyvinyl chloride (PVC)

Life Cycle Assessment of PVC and of principal competing materials

The study, a joint project of DG Enterprise and DG Environment, was performed in 2003-2004 by a consortium led by PE Europe GmbH (Stuttgart, Germany). It provides a follow-up to a request made by the European Parliament in its Report on the Commission PVC Green Paper (A5-0092/2001 published in the OJ C21E of 24.1.2002 български (bg) czech (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) Français (fr) Gaeilge (ga) hrvatski (hr) italiano (it) latviešu (lv) lietuvių (lt) magyar (hu) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv) ). The overall aim of the study is to provide an overview of the publicly available information on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) on PVC and competing materials for a variety of applications in order to assess existing information and to identify information gaps.

Green Paper on environmental issues of Polyvinyl chloride (PVC)

On 26 July 2000 the European Commission adopted a Green Paper, COM(2000)469 pdf български (bg) czech (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) Français (fr) Gaeilge (ga) hrvatski (hr) italiano (it) latviešu (lv) lietuvių (lt) magyar (hu) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv) , on environmental issues of PVC.

This Green Paper follows the commitment of the Commission, made in its Directive on end of life vehicles (2000/53/EC) pdf български (bg) czech (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) Français (fr) Gaeilge (ga) hrvatski (hr) italiano (it) latviešu (lv) lietuvių (lt) magyar (hu) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv) , to assess the impact of PVC wastes on the environment and to come forward with proposals to address problems which may arise in this regard.

The Green Paper is mainly based on the results of a comprehensive study programme launched by the Commission in 1999-2000, which examines all relevant aspects (the study report is available section by section on the website of DG Environment):

  1. Mechanical recycling of PVC wastes
  1. The behaviour of PVC in landfill
  1. The influence of PVC on the quantity and hazardousness of flue gas cleaning residues from incineration
  1. Economic evaluation of PVC Waste Management
  1. Chemical recycling of Plastics Waste (PVC and other resins)

The study, undertaken by TNO (Netherlands), gives an assessment of the economic, technical and environmental aspects of the various chemical recycling technologies. In addition, the study estimates the potential quantities available for chemical recycling for various plastics waste streams with low and high PVC content.

Full text of the study pdf - 676 KB [676 KB] (Contract No. ETD/98/501889).

Commission Communication COM(2002)412 pdf български (bg) czech (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) Français (fr) Gaeilge (ga) hrvatski (hr) italiano (it) latviešu (lv) lietuvių (lt) magyar (hu) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv) on Environmental agreements at EU level within the framework of the Action Plan on the simplification and improvement of the regulatory environment.

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