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Support centre for increased substitution of hazardous chemicals

The Swedish Centre for Chemical Substitution contributes to a non-toxic environment by guiding companies and public actors in the effort to identify unwanted chemical substances and to find better alternatives to replace them.

Purpose and goal

RISE was commissioned by the Swedish government to establish and maintain a centre for chemical substitution. The centre shall support companies and the public sector with knowledge of hazardous chemical substances and better alternatives and push for substitution. By increasing the knowledge, the Swedish Centre for Chemical Substitution will stimulate the development of sustainable chemical products and production processes, goods and non-chemical methods as well as contribute to a circular economy.

Challenge

The global production and use of chemicals increase. Unsafe handling and emissions of hazardous chemicals pose a risk for human health and the environment, leads to pollution and large costs for both companies and the society. Substitution is a process of identifying target chemicals, finding alternative solutions, evaluating what is the best replacement and implementing it. The evaluation of alternatives includes the perspective of quality and economy. Substitution requires motivation, competence, funding and a certain courage to go ahead. Drivers for substitution can be existing and future legislation, customer demands from companies and consumers as well as the company’s will for sustainability performance and for being at the forefront.

Solution

Core activities for the Swedish Centre for Chemical Substitution consist of communication, education and counselling. The Swedish Centre for Chemical Substitution should be a node for the work in Sweden by building and gathering expertise on substitution. By sharing knowledge and giving guidance and demonstrating tools and examples, the Swedish Centre for Chemical Substitution will increase the pace in phasing out of hazardous substances.

Effect

By increasing the pace of substitution of hazardous substances, the Swedish Centre for Chemical Substitution contributes to the fulfilment of the national environmental quality goal for a non-toxic environment, set by the Swedish Government, and that connects to at least eight of the UN Global Objectives (Nos. 2, 3, 6, 8, 11, 12, 14 and 15).


Summary

Project name

Swedish Centre for Chemical Substitution

Status

Active

RISE role in project

RISE is hosting

Project start

Duration

2018 – 2021

Funders

Miljödepartementet via Kemikalieinspektionen samt RISE SK-medel

Project website

Project members

Supports the UN sustainability goals

2. Zero hunger
3. Good health and well-being
6. Clean water and sanitation
8. Decent work and economic growth
11. Sustainable cities and communities
12. Responsible consumption and production
14. Life below water
15. Life on land
Anna Jacobs

Contact person

Anna Jacobs

Centrumledare för substitutionscentrum

+46 10 228 45 30
anna.jacobs@ri.se

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