Stakeholder engagement and communication

This Vision Element will be critical to ensure that ECSA and its members receive worthwhile and operational feedback and proper recognition from external stakeholders for the sustainability initiative.

Ultimately, this should also lead to a degree of co-determination of the sustainability of the chlorinated solvents industry, as several stakeholder groups will contribute to shaping its future.









1. ECSA will complete a detailed mapping of the activities, drivers and concerns of its priority stakeholders

A Chlorinated Solvent Stakeholder & End-user Perceptions Survey by IAL found that 75% of stakeholders are interested in more information on Chlorinated Solvents. Thus, ECSA has completely renovated the content and structure of the ECSA website in 2010 and 2011.

2. ECSA will translate its Sustainability strategy into a set of key messages, and will develop tools to support their delivery and report progress

Euro Chlor, representing the European Chlor-Alkali industry, issues the Chlorine Industry Review on the occasion of its Annual General Meeting. It gives an overview of the most important dossiers the federation has been working on, and presents the progress achieved in the sectoral sustainability programme.

ECSA extends its reporting on all nine sustainability objectives and includes its progress report 2007-2011 in the widely disseminated  Euro Chlor Annual Review as part of the Chlorine Industry value chain.

3. ECSA will be in active dialogue with its priority stakeholders around its Sustainability Action Plan, and reflect stakeholder concerns in the ongoing implementation of the Action Plan

Last update: 05/2018

Montreal Protocol Meeting - ECSA & HSIA side event

November 2017

DCM & the ozone layer
24 November 2017 – 13hrs – Montréal

During this side event, we will provide you with scientific facts and figures on the worldwide production, emissions of the VSLS Dichloromethane (DCM) and its negligible contribution to ozone depletion.
We will consider the following criteria: global production by industry and emissions, global natural production, behavior and effect on the atmosphere, regulatory overview for DCM. The full paper is available here. A one-pager summary is also available.
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IOELVs for DCM, CTC and PER published

February 2017

Indicative Occupational Exposure Limit Values (IOELVs) for DCM, CTC and PER have been published by the EU Commission (cf. DIRECTIVE (EU) 2017/164 of 31.1.2017), which are in line with the REACH DNEL(inhalation) for workers. 
These IOELVs have to be considered by member states for setting national exposure limits (OELs), which they have to accomplish by 21. August 2018. Only national OELs are legally binding for occupational safety, whereas the IOELVs have to be considered by users in case no OELs is set, yet.  The relevant OELs are provided with the SDS of the solvents suppliers (cf. chapter 8.1). 


UBA PMT criteria published

February 2018

The German Environment Agency (UBA, Umweltbundesamt) has published the assessment of "Persistence, Mobility and Toxicity (PMT)" with the desire to protect drinking water sources. Applying conservative criteria for PMT as defined by UBA, perchloroethylene (PER) and trichloroethylene (TRI) appear as number 2 and 3 on the report. UBA also aims to establish PMT as an equivalent concern to identify SVHC substance for authorisation under REACH. ECSA does not consider SVHC identification using PMT criteria as the appropriate tool to improve drinking water quality due to this being a pure hazard based approach and thus does not consider risk. TRI is already listed in Annex XIV (authorisation) and today PER is handled almost exclusively in closed systems with no intentional emission to water or soil. For further information see the ECSA position paper on PER here.

New Study on DCM

October 2016

Together with HSIA, ECSA supported a study to clarify the mode of action of cancer formation for methylene chloride (DCM). A publication is expected soon in a peer reviewed scientific journal. The outcome of the study shows that below a threshold there is no risk on cancer formation related to DCM.