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The new European Green Deal, with its goal to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, will change the EU’s economy. The Circular Economy Action Plan will be at the centre of this new sustainability roadmap.. The aim is clear: to transform EU industry from linear to circular and achieve a carbon neutral economy. The new Circular Economy 2.0 package will not only...

Recycling plastics with Brominated Flame Retardants and the Circular Economy Europe has 1.2 million tonnes of plastic from electronic waste that has to be recycled or disposed of each year. In this interview, Chris Slijkhuis, Board Member of the European Electronics Recyclers Association and Manager of MGG Polymers, explains the importance of Brominated Flame Retardants in plastics, the process of mechanical recycling, and why...

Recycling is key to the circular economy. The PolyStyreneLoop project is expected to help the EU recycle an expected 20 million tons of polystyrene insulation over the next 50 years and reduce carbon emissions by an estimated 50% compared to traditional energy recovery methods. The ongoing PolyStyreneLoop project, co-funded under the EU LIFE programme, involves 64 industrial partners and research organisations...

The Bromine solution to global public health threat of mercury pollution According to the World Health Organization, mercury is one of the top ten hazardous chemicals of major public health concern. While it has been a global public health concern for children and pregnant women for decades, it is still present in the air we breathe, the water we drink...

In 2019, BSEF had collaborated with the Indian Chemical Council, India’s apex chemical industry body, and Avalon Consulting, BSEF’s India consulting partners, to launch the India Bromine Platform (IBP)[1], a unique cross-industry initiative aimed fostering the bromine industry in India by promoting the benefits of bromine and bromine-based technologies by working with bromine producers and suppliers in India. Since its...

Professor Zhengmao Zhou, Secretary General of the China Association of Flame Retardant Materials (CAFRM) has published recently a paper entitle “Common Mistake and Suggestion in Flame Retardant Control in Green Standards in Information Technology and Standardization”[1] at China MIIT’s official journal. In his paper Professor Zhengmao criticizes the prejudgment against brominated flame retardants in the European Union, using it as a...

Since 2019 marks the 150th anniversary of the periodic table as we know it today, all around the world science lovers have been celebrating this paramount discovery for the past year. Everyone – science lover or hater – is familiar with elements like Cu (copper), Ag (silver), F (fluor) and C (carbon). But isn’t the International Year of the Periodic Table...

Fire spreads rapidly: escape time is limited According to the US Department of Homeland Security a fire can become life-threatening in just 2 minutes. It takes no more than 30 seconds for a small flame to burst into a sizable fire. It is clear that when you are trying to escape a fire, every second counts. Accidental fires can start easily by...

BSEF, the International Bromine Council, sponsored the International Year of the Periodic Table (IYPT2019) Closing Ceremony that took place at Tokyo Prince Hotel (Minato-ku, Tokyo) on December 5th. The event counted with 500 people from 24 countries including the presence of Mr. Yuki Kawai, chairman of the Chemical Society of Japan (Director, Institute of Molecular Chemistry, National Institutes of Natural Sciences)...