z2data Webinar with Design Chain Associates says circularity drives to sustainable chemicals, and EU Green Deal policies will make this happen. Environmental compliance, sustainability, safety and performance expert, Michael Kirschner, says the electronics industry has too little toxicity and chemical expertise, and needs to bring environmental impact into design and materials decisions. His slides summarise EU regulatory developments which will strongly drive circularity and sustainability, including overhauls of RoHS, REACH, batteries, EcoDesign and waste regulations. He notes that, amongst its priorities, the EU Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability targets brominated and chlorinated flame retardants. Toxic chemicals, such as certain halogenated FRs, impact circularity as contamination with such chemicals can prevent recycling. He concludes with the need to replace hazardous chemicals with “green and sustainable substances and materials”, avoiding substitution with similar chemicals, and to develop better electronics supply-chain knowledge of chemicals sustainability.
“Circularizing the Electronics Industry”
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