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Chemicals Innovation Workshop

Workshop on chemicals innovation and design for sustainability
Wednesday, 16 January, 09.00 – 17.30 (CET)
Ateliers des Tanneurs, Rue des Tanneurs 58-62, 1000 Brussels, Belgium

On Wednesday 16 January 2019, DG Environment will organise a workshop focused on the minimisation and sustainable substitution of high-risk hazardous chemical use. The objectives of the workshop are to:

  • Understand the experiences and lessons learned by leading companies from different industry sectors that have made efforts beyond regulatory compliance to identify and eliminate the use of ‘substances of concern’ across the life cycle of their products.
  • Identify what is needed in terms of policies, information sharing, and broader support/collaboration to enhance and accelerate the efforts of leading companies to reduce and eliminate the use of ‘substances of concern’ as well as to increase engagement by other companies.
  • Determine roles of different societal actors in advancing innovation and adoption of sustainable chemistry and technology solutions.
  • Consider the implications of the shift towards a circular economy in the design and application of safer chemicals throughout their life cycles and how safer chemistry and circular economy considerations can be better integrated in chemical design and assessment, product development, and policy programs.

The workshop will be a one-day event with high-profile speakers and discussants with practical and applied experience in the field, from frontrunner companies and academia as well as representatives from NGOs, consumer organisations, relevant EU and international organisations and Member States.

The workshop will be structured in two parts. The first session will focus on overcoming barriers to innovation and adoption of safer substitutes. The second session will concentrate on strategies to encourage and scale development and adoption of sustainable chemistry and technology innovation.

Additional documents (i.e. workshop Thought Starter, detailed agenda and maps) will be provided by e-mail to confirmed participants. Refreshments and lunch will be served.


Please note that registration will be closed on 12 December 2018. Furthermore, due to the capacity of the venue, and with a view to ensuring a balanced representation of stakeholder groups, participation will be confirmed by e-mail later in December.

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Practical information

When: Wednesday 16 January 2019, 09.00 – 17.30 (CET)

Where : Ateliers des Tanneurs, Rue des Tanneurs 58-62, 1000, Brussels Belgium


Topic: Environment, Chemicals

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