Posted on 04/03/2024

Fire safety and Europe’s climate ambition: The role of sustainable flame retardants in Europe’s energy transition

Fire Safety and Europe’s climate ambition – pinfa event – Tuesday 14th February (Webinar – 12.45 to 14.15 CET)

Fire safety and Europe’s climate ambition : The role of sustainable flame retardants in Europe’s energy transition

The materials needed to ensure Europe’s climate ambition of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030 will increasingly be organic and require appropriate fire safety measures in place to reduce fire risks.To ensure that Europe is on a responsible path to becoming climate neutral by 2050, fire safety should be considered as one of the key parameters when assessing the sustainability and circularity of the materials needed to transition key sectors in our society, such as energy, transport, and housing. For instance, the transition to electric vehicles and renewable energy production (e.g., solar panels, batteries) present new and increased fire risks to the built and transport environment. Without appropriate measures, we run the risk of increasing fire incidents (over 5,000 people every year are taken from their loved ones prematurely from residential fires in Europe and the number of people injured is about 10 times as high). These fire risks can be reduced by appropriate design and materials as well as incorporating other safety measures, such as improved fire safety engineering for buildings and vehicles.

pinfa, the Phosphorus, Inorganic and Nitrogen Flame Retardants Association, would like to propose an event to address the emerging fire safety challenges associated with Europe’s energy transition and role of sustainable flame retardants, among other safety solutions, in ensuring that we meet European fire safety standards within the context of the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability (CSS).

Topics proposed for discussion include:

  • What is a sustainable Flame Retardant?
  • Safe and Sustainable-by-Design: First learnings from Flame Retardant case studies
  • The pinfa roadmap for the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability
  • The ECHA Strategy on Flame Retardants
  • The challenge of Recycling and circularity
  • Essential use concept – can it be applied to Flame Retardants?


Adrian Beard’s presentation


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