Major Electronics Companies and Environmental Groups Encourage the EU to Ban PVC and BFRs from All Electronic Products
Major Electronics Companies and Environmental Groups are encouraging the European Union to ban PolyVinyl Chloride (PVC) and all types of Brominated Flame Retardants (BFRs) from all Electronic Products
No. 10/2010 Acer, Dell, Hewlett-Packard and Sony Ericsson have teamed up with ChemSec, Clean Production Action and the European Environmental Bureau to push for addition of those bans to the EU's Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive.
A number of other PVC-fee and BFR-free products were highlighted by ChemSec in its Greening Consumer Electronics report last year, which found 155 electronics that are almost or completely free of the two materials. The products came from 28 companies, including Acer, Apple, Dell, HP, Nokia, Philips, Samsung and Sony Ericsson.
Safer alternatives already exists and are being used by many companies already, the companies and environmental groups say, and a ban of that magnitude across the EU would point everyone's supply chain in the same direction while bringing down costs and ramping up production of safer alternatives. "Companies committed to innovation and green chemistry have paid a premium for safer products, we now need RoHS to level the playing field," said Alexandra McPherson, managing partner at Clean Production Action, in a statement.
Perspectives from the IT industry:
"The transition away from environmentally sensitive substances, such as brominated flame retardants and PVC is well under way at Acer. However we do not have the leverage to move the entire supply-¬-chain on our own. Legislators can help in this process", explains Acer. "By introducing restrictions, and thereby ensuring that the entire supply-¬-chain is on board, costs are kept down and availability of safer alternative material is promoted."
"Dell supports including BFRs and PVC among the substances restricted by RoHS, as well as a full ban on these substances in 2015," said Mark Newton, Dell's director of sustainability. "Given the ongoing discussions in the EU Institutions on the RoHS recast, we hope EU decision makers revise RoHS to prohibit the use of PVC and BFRs in electrical and electronic equipment."
"Hewlett Packard is working with suppliers globally to remove these chemicals from personal computing product lines", said Ray Moskaluk at Hewlett Packard. "We know safer substitutes exist through our scientific assessment of alternatives. We support these restrictions in a revised RoHS directive."
"Sony Ericsson is committed to a complete phase-¬out of halogenated organic substances from its products, and at the current time has phased out almost all brominated flame retardants (BFR)," said Daniel Paska, Environmental Expert at Sony Ericsson. "We believe the electronics industry has a responsibility to move proactively to find substitutes to replace BFR and PVC and are therefore calling on EU legislators to show leadership on this issue by voting to tighten the RoHS directive." SGS, the world's leading third party for testing, has established procedures to cover a large variety of legal requirements related to your products and is committed to informing you about developments concerning hazardous substances in Electrical & Electronic products as a complementary service. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information.
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