The themes of chemicals of concern and the challenges of initiating a successful circular economy are just some of the key points highlighted in a report published by Chemical Watch on this year's Helsinki Chemicals Forum (HCF).
During the two-day event, policy makers, companies and academics debated the urgency of stopping chemicals of concern from entering the recycling stream and discussed how a non-toxic, resource-efficient economy could be achieved.
Participants agreed chemicals of concern pose some of the biggest challenges to achieving a circular economy. Authorities and businesses, the conference agreed, must provide a strategy to tackle them as soon as possible.
This Chemical Watch report shares the opinions of stakeholders across five key themes:
- the circular economy – opportunities and challenges for chemicals regulation;
- perfluorinated chemicals – a global chemicals management issue in need of global agreement?
- global data sharing – how can businesses and regulators make smarter use of available data?
- plant safety – taking a back seat to economic pressure?
- how to tackle chemicals of high concern in products – the construction sector as a case study.
The report's take-home messages offer a concise summary of stakeholder views on the topics addressed at the forum.