BSEF welcomes the EU Circular Economy action Plan
11 March 2020
BSEF, The International Bromine Council, supports the EU Circular Economy Action Plan and Europe’s ambition to become climate neutral by 2050.
Kevin Bradley, BSEF Secretary-General says “BSEF and its members strongly support the EU Circular Economy plan and all the EU´s efforts to achieve a more sustainable future” and he continues saying “Bromine-based solutions play a key role on the Circular Economy debate as they are essential to many advancements in science and technology. Bromine compounds have been used for water treatment, reduction of mercury emissions, fire safety, energy storage and generation, production of pharmaceuticals and enhanced quality rubber”
The use of bromine-based technologies has the potential to contribute to increasing the circularity of the EU’s economy. Bromine brings to the table solutions and innovations that are environmentally friendly, safe and that can be used across the whole value chain.
A circular economy is instrumental in delivering Europe’s ambitious goal in reducing pollution and in halting biodiversity loss while reinforcing EU´s sustainable competitiveness and industrial base.
To achieve the EU Circular Economy goals, products and materials must also be recyclable. Products or materials containing Brominated Flame Retardants are compatible with today’s integrated waste management options, including mechanical recycling, chemical recycling and thermal processing, depolymerization and gasification – all of which enable the recovery of valuable materials or energy.
The principle of the circular economy is central to the European Green Deal and must be respected in all sectors. This green deal is Europe´s roadmap for making the EU’s economy sustainable. This will happen by turning climate and environmental challenges into opportunities across all policy areas and making the transition just and inclusive for all.
BSEF – the International Bromine Council, is the global representative body for bromine producers and producers of bromine technologies. Originally founded in 1997, BSEF works to foster knowledge on the societal benefits of bromine and its applications. The members of BSEF are Albemarle Corporation, ICL Industrial Products, Lanxess and Tosoh.