This page provides guidance documents prepared by other organisations in order to facilitate the exchange of information according to Article 7 of Directive 1999/13/EC.
When considering substituting a solvent with another substance or technique in order to minimise the potential effects on air, water, soil, ecosystems and human health, it is important to address the following questions :
The sectors of solvent-consuming activities under Directive 1999/13/EC to which the guidance documents apply are indicated in the table below. Each sector links to a table containing documents relevant to that activity. Each of the documents address one or more of the above questions, as indicated by ticks in these tables. In addition, some of these documents also contain information on the development of solvent management plans.
For installations falling under Directive 2008/1/EC ("IPPC Directive") the most comprehensive information would be the Reference Document on Best Available Techniques on Surface Treatment using Organic Solvents.
The following documents provide information on various aspects of reducing emissions of solvents. Note that information provided on these external websites does not necessarily reflect the European Commission’s position.