Euro Chlor has started to find more innovative ways to increase recycling and minimise the waste from our production processes
GENERAL TECHNICAL COMMITTEE CHAIR
Euro Chlor members approaching end of mercury conversion
Following the phase-out of mercury technology by the end of 2017, any remaining liquid mercury must be converted to mercury sulfide and stored in a salt-mine by the end of 2022. In its annual monitoring of environmental commitments regarding mercury, Euro Chlor continues to see progress related to this conversion. The process is expected to be completed well before the regulatory deadline. In the last year, 499 tonnes of mercury were converted with approximately 384* tonnes of mercury still present at those sites which formerly operated chlor-alkali mercury technology.
Euro Chlor Eco-Profile relaunched
Euro Chlor began its latest Eco-Profile study in January 2021. This is a “cradle to gate” study of the ecological consequences of the production of chlorine, caustic and hydrogen and includes the production of salt/ brine and electricity, as well as the utilities and other materials used in the process. On completion, the study will be valuable for our downstream stakeholders and help provide a data-rich baseline for our Mid-Century Strategy and sustainability activities. Consultant IFEU has started to collect the data and the first draft Eco-Profile was due to be released in November 2021.
Mid-Century Strategy meetings started with downstream users
This year, Euro Chlor has started to engage more actively with its downstream users to present the Mid-Century Strategy. Briefings have taken place with the European Council of Vinyl Manufacturers (ECVM) Applications Committee in March 2021 and ISOPA, the European diisocyanates and polyols producers association in April 2021 to see how the associations can work together on key Mid-Century Strategy topics.
Euro Chlor contributes to second PFAS consultation
Mid-2020, five European authorities launched a call for evidence to prepare a broad PFAS restriction under REACH. As part of this Euro Chlor prepared statements and supporting briefing notes to raise awareness of our critical use of fluoropolymers and fluorinated materials. Euro Chlor is also working with academics to understand the analytical challenges associated with PFAS as well as to membrane and diaphragm suppliers via the World Chlorine Council to assess the use and responsible end-of-life handling of such chemicals.
A second stakeholder consultation on the restriction was launched in July 2021 and whilst chlor-alkali uses were not mentioned by the authorities (e.g. membranes and diaphragms), Euro Chlor will remind on our use of such materials and study how even more data can be collated on PFAS use and potential emissions (if any).