Posted on 10/11/2016 in News 32 2016
TCO again criticises Sweden electronics chemicals tax

The international sustainability certification organisation for information technology products, TCO, has again criticised the proposed Sweden chemicals tax (see pinfa Newsletter n°66).

TCO states that the proposal “misses environmental target” by focusing on revenue generation, by failing to generate data on which chemicals are used and what are their environmental and health effects, and because it would “penalise the use of substances that have been tested and identified as safer alternatives”. In 2015, TCO already took position: “by also including all phosphate-based flame retardants, the current proposal does not achieve its desired goal. We believe the current proposal raises the risk that industry will not bother to substitute halogenated substances with safer alternative”.

TCO “Chemical tax on products misses the mark”, N. Rydell, June 2015 “Proposed chemical tax on electronics misses environmental target” TCO 23 Sept. 2016

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