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October 20, 2020

EU R&D funding on wildfires

Call for projects on preventing and fighting wildfires (Horizon 2020) open to 26 January 2021 @17h.

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October 8, 2020

Sustainable Products Initiative

An EU public consultation is open to 2nd November 2020 on “Sustainable Products” policy, in particular EcoDesign.

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Product environmental claims

An EU public consultation is open to 3rd December 2020 on “Substantiating claims of environmental performance”.

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EU Commission answer on FR policy

Flame retardants will be targeted in EU policy developments for Sustainable Products and Green Public Purchasing, says Thierry Breton (European Commissioner for Internal Market).

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Intumescents screened on Grand Designs

The UK Channel4 TV series has featured intumescent FR paint, shown as saving the character of a front-edge renovation.

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GreenScreen Certified fire fighting foam

Criteria for fire fighting foams have been updated to cover Class A and B foams, excluding halogens.

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pinfa member wins China GoldenBee

Clariant has been recognised for sustainability and recycling by China’s GoldenBee CSR award for enterprises. GoldenBee is a corporate platform, developing Corporate Social Responsibility in China, supported by China Sustainability Tribune (previously WTO Tribune).

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Phosphorus FRs in sandwich panels

PIN flame retardants reduce heat and smoke release from PET-core / glass fibre / epoxy structural sandwich panels.

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Smoke toxicity of façade insulation systems

Tests on mock external wall facades raise questions on how smoke toxicity might impact building occupants in a fire. This study publishes work already presented at FRPM2019 (see pinfa Newsletter n°103).

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Review of fire toxicity of building materials

More research is needed to correlate bench-scale fire tests on materials to real fire emissions.

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Electric vehicle fire tests

Swiss tests show how fast and violently electric vehicles can burn and note specific pollution risks in fire-fighting waters.

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Full-scale metro carriage test burn

Tests on a China metro carriage, as before today’s fire standards, exceeded 1000 kW heat in less than three minutes.

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FRs in furniture and in dust

Data from California show lower levels of some halogenated FRs in dust with lower furniture fire safety standards.

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Flame retardants and microplastics

Release of flame retardants from microplastics in the environment are very low and unlikely to pose significant risk, is the conclusion of a review of nearly 200 publications.

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Study suggests no health risk from PIN FRs

A review of organophosphate FRs in indoor dust in China suggests that they do not pose a direct health risk.

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October 7, 2020

Construction Products Regulation

The EU public consultation on the review of the CPR is open to 22nd December 2020.

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October 5, 2020

The Swedish Chemical tax on Electronics is not working

Brussels, 5 October 2020 – Pinfa welcomes the conclusion of the report "Evaluation of the tax on chemicals in certain electronics" presented to the Swedish government on I October 2020, which found the chemical tax to be ineffective in its current form.

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Study says Swedish FR tax has little effect

Company interviews suggest tax may not target the right flame retardants and has resulted in little substitution.

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September 15, 2020

RadiciGroup High Performance Polymers

For RadiciGroup High Performance Polymers, pinfa membership is an important step of the journey towards sustainability.

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FR Advisers LLC, Georgia, USA

Dr. Anteneh Worku, FR Advisers LLC, has joined pinfa-NA as a professional member.

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Information on melamine REACH dossier

European producers have announced the self-classification of melamine as a suspected human reproductive toxicant Cat. 2

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EU GPP criteria exclude halogens

New Green Public Purchasing (GPP) for printers exclude all halogenated polymers and halogenated flame retardants.

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General Product Safety Directive

Pinfa has called for a better inclusion of fire safety in product safety rules in EU consultation on GPSD.

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