Brussels -- There has been a "significant reduction" in potential emissions from brominated flame retardant production in Europe last year, a new report from the Voluntary Emissions Control Action Programme (VECAP) has said.
The Annnual Progress Report revealed "visible reductions in potential emissions to air, land and water," the European Brominated Flame Retardant Industry Panel said 28 Jan. The reduction in potential emissions was "mainly thanks to the application of VECAP best practices," the statement said.
The VECAP programme estimates emission levels based on "worst case" potential emissions from plastics and textile processes. Between 2008-2009, the statement said, potential emissions of Deca-BDE (decabromodiphenyl ether) were reduced from 3432 kilograms to 1220 kg and potential emissions of TBBPA (tetrabromobisphenol A) and HBCD (hexabromocyclododecane) were reduced from 815 kg to 189 kg and 2017 kg to 309 kg respectively.
The VECAP programme covers 135 participating sites across Europe, accounting for 85 percent of the total volume of Deca-BDE, TBBPA, and HBCD, the statement said. (RD)