Geneva, Switzerland - The UN Stockholm Convention's fourth meeting of the Convention of Parties (COP4) on POPs (persistant organic pollutants) has resulted in a decision taken 8 May 2009 to list only certain lower brominated substances as POPs, a 12 May statement from BSEF (Bromine Science and Environmental Forum) said.
This is the first time COP4 has decided to amend the Convention, agreeing to nine 'new' POPs including certain components of commercial products Penta-BDE and Octa-BDE.
BSEF point out that commercial Penta-BDE was mainly used in flexible polyurethane foam, whilst commercial Octa-BDE was a flame retardant mainly used in electronic and electrical equipment. The organisation emphasised that BSEF member companies voluntarily stopped using both in 2004.
The Stockholm Convention is an international agreement of the United Nations Environmental Programme, dedicated to the identification, evaluation, and elimination of POPs from the environment. (RD)