VECAP celebrates its 15th anniversary with new Code of Best Practices

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In Europe, 83% of all brominated flame retardants are correctly handled with less than 0.001% of emissions for key substances¹.

VECAP, the Voluntary Emission Control Action Program, is a pioneering product stewardship scheme, aiming to reduce the potential emissions of flame retardants by promoting environmental good practices among users and downstream users of polymer additives.

Since their creation in 2014, VECAP best practices have helped to dramatically reduce polymer additives emissions. VECAP’s advice helped ensure that in Europe in 2016, over 83% of all brominated flame retardants sold by members of BSEF – The International Bromine Council – were handled correctly by producers and users. In under a decade, the results of the European Progress Reports show that potential emissions of TBBPA and HBCD have fallen to less than 0.001% of the volumes sold.

The new Code of Best Practices includes comprehensive guidance for industry on how to reduce emissions of flame retarding chemical additives. It is based on extensive experience at production and downstream user installations around the globe since 2004.

¹The 2017 European progress report of the bromine industry’s stewardship programme

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