EU chemical-related policies should be enhanced to allow for the use of sustainable and safe substances, the Austrian Presidency of the EU Council urged during a Green Chemistry Conference held in Vienna earlier this week.
“As part of a circular economy, the EU chemicals policy must focus on resource efficiency,” said Austrian environment minister Elisabeth Köstinger at the conference.
Green Chemistry (GC) refers to the environmentally friendly production of chemicals, eliminating “the use or generation of hazardous substances in the design, manufacture and application of chemical products”, according to a study issued on behalf of the Austrian ministry for sustainability.
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