EU solvents industry welcomes VOCs agreement

Directive will be challenging, but now "appropriate and achievable," says association

The European solvents industry has welcomed Monday's agreement by EU environment ministers on a directive to reduce emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from the industrial use of solvents (ENDS Daily 24 March). In a statement released yesterday, the European Solvents VOC Coordination Group of the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC) said: "Legislators have listened to industry throughout the directive's development and the proposals are much more appropriate and achievable as they stand now. Compliance will undoubtedly be challenging and costly for the 400,000 enterprises in 30 industry sectors affected by the proposals, but time and flexibility have been built in so that compliance should be achievable by 2010." Ian Dobson also welcomed links that have been made between the VOC solvent emissions directive and the integrated pollution prevention and control directive. "It is encouraging that a flexible approach for national implementation has been agreed by the Council of Ministers," he said.

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