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Industry group calls for a holistic approach to indoor air quality

The European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) has issued a statement calling for a holistic approach to indoor quality to coincide with a meeting in Brussels on product policy and indoor air quality hosted by the Belgian presidency of the EU. The meeting aims to prepare a statement of current technical and scientific knowledge, to draw up an inventory of policies and initiatives relating to product emissions associated with indoor air quality, and to identify gaps in the policies of the EU and its Member States.

The Belgian presidency is keen to develop policies concerning products and consumption in order to contribute to the preparation of a harmonised framework of management of the indoor environment via environmental, public health, housing, energy and sustainable development legislations.

Cefic says it participates in this process through its Long-range Research initiative (LRI). “Good indoor air quality is of value for all citizens, no matter how wealthy or poor,” Gernot Klotz, head of Cefic Research & Innovation stated. “The responsibility is upon us, both industry and authorities, to tackle this issue through an efficient, integrated approach that looks over all contributors to indoor air quality.”

Indoor air quality will also be on the agenda of the upcoming LRI annual workshop ‘Reduction of Uncertainty Enabling Decision Making’ taking place on 17-18 November in Brussels.

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