Pollution and management of chemicals

Projects

Innovative management solutions for minimizing emissions of hazardous substances from urban areas in the Baltic Sea Region (NonHazCity)
03/2016 - 02/2019

Baltic pilot cases on reduction of emissions by substitution of hazardous chemicals and resource efficiency (LIFE Fit for REACH)
10/2015 – 03/2020

Baltic Info Campaign on Hazardous Substances (BaltInfoHaz)
10/2011-03/2014

Control of hazardous substances in the Baltic Sea region (COHIBA)
01/2009-04/2012

Baltic Actions for Reduction of Pollution of the Baltic Sea from Priority Hazardous Substances (BaltActHaz)
01/2009-06/2011

Capacity-building in North West Russia on hazardous substance management (CapChemRU)
10/2008-06/2010

Consumers information on more health friendly choice of daily goods
11/2007-01/2009

Building capacity of Russian and Baltic NGOs on consumers’ education
04/2007-03/2008

Raising awareness of Baltic SMEs along the supply chain as a tool to improve environmental performance and competitiveness in furniture industry sector
2005-2006

Raising awareness of Baltic SMEs along the supply chain as a tool to improve environmental performance and competitiveness in metal processing sector
2005-2006

Raising awareness and cooperation of small and medium size printing houses for implementation of EU environmental legislation and promotion of economic development of printing industry in the Baltic States
2005-2006

Communication about REACH to wide range of stakeholders in the Baltic States
12/2005-11/2006

Awareness raising and capacity building on chemicals control in NW Russia: introductory (BACCON RUS)
10/2004-10/2005

HELCOM data collection strategy for hazardous substances
03/2004-11/2005

Valters Toropovs

Environmental expert/ project manager
valters.toropovs[at]bef[dot]lv 
Tel. 00371 6735 7546

Chemicals are all around us, from natural chemicals in food to industrially produced ones, distributed by trade and by long-range transport of pollutants, found in working surrounding, environment and consumers’ products. They may ease our everyday life but at the same time cause allergies, cancer, effects on the reproduction or chronic toxic effects. Therefore the management of chemicals risks is one of the high priority issues on European and international levels. A large number of European directives as well as international agreements are available as tools for the reduction of risks posed by chemicals. This is inevitable a complex area demanding great resources as well as very good cooperation from public institutions and industry. All three Baltic States have transposed the existing requirements of the European Chemicals and chemicals-related legislation into national legislation. However besides the ensuring an adequate and efficient legislation on chemicals control, the main and even greater challenge for countries is to develop the capability and the capacity of the enterprises to take their responsibility according the legislation. Especially when a new chemicals policy has been launched in EU (called REACH – Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals), which would furthermore give greater responsibility to industry and reverse the burden of proof from public authorities to industry for ensuring the safety of chemicals on the market. Therefore continuous awareness and knowledge raising, know-how exchange, capacity building and strengthening of dialogue and cooperation of state authorities, industry, trade and consumers in a field of chemicals risk management through the workshops, specific meetings, trainings is one of the priority issues within the BEF.