Solvent makers fight to dilute EU paint curbs

Commission preparing new limits on VOC releases in bid to meet national emission ceilings

Proposed new EU curbs on volatile organic emissions from paints and varnishes will hit small and medium-sized solvent producers hard with no guarantee that the environmental gains justify the pain, according to the industry's sector association. The sector is fighting a desperate rearguard action to soften a preliminary directive text floated this week by the European Commission's environment directorate.

A working document containing draft legislation was presented to member states and stakeholders at a meeting hosted by the directorate on Monday, accompanied by a cost-benefit analysis of the plans. ENDS Europe DAILY has obtained copies of both papers (see links below). The directorate will begin debate with other Commission departments next week and, depending on internal consensus, a formal proposal could emerge within weeks.

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