Norwegian Environment Minister calls for ambitious strategy against hazardous chemicals

Sveinung RotevatnPhoto: Ole Berg-Rusten / NTB

Norwegian Environment Minister Sveinung Rotevatn and nine colleagues from EU member states urged the European Commission to set out an ambitious strategy for phasing out hazardous substances from products. 

The ultimate goal? A toxic-free environment.

Rotevatn and his colleagues signed an Op-Ed Article in Chemical Watch.

“More is needed”

“Historic developments such as the REACH regulation has given European citizens the world’s strongest protection against hazardous chemicals. 

“But more is needed. 

“Thousands of new chemicals are developed every year. 

“Our knowledge about the risk to human health and the environment continuously develops. 

“We need a European chemicals policy fit for the next decade,” Rotevatn said. 

Norway’s priority

Phasing out the non-essential use of perfluorinated substances is a Norwegian priority. 

They are used in a wide variety of products such as ski wax and water-repellent clothing, and some are very harmful to health and the environment.

The Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability is part of the European Commission flagship initiative European Green Deal and is expected to be published within the next few weeks. 

Protecting citizens

Norway is a long-standing advocate for an ambitious European chemicals policy with a high protection for citizens and the environment.

Together with European colleagues, Norway’s Minister for Climate and Environment also signed a letter to the Commission earlier this year, setting out their common priorities. 

Additionally, Norway submitted a detailed overview of its expectations for the strategy.

Source: Ministry of Climate and Environment / Norway Today


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