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ECHA welcomes EU sustainable chemicals strategy, offers help with implementation

October 15/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) -- The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki, Finland) has welcomed the European Commissions EU Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability and says it looks forward "to supporting its implementation," according to Chemweek.

With its scientific and technical competency, the ECHA can play a key role in the various actions outlined in the strategy to work towards a toxic-free environment to protect people and the environment from hazardous chemicals, it says.

The ECHA can play its part in making the strategy a success by "supporting the Commission and EU member states, together with our stakeholders," says Bjorn Hansen, executive director at ECHA.

The agency can contribute in three areas in particular, namely collecting, publishing and evaluating data on chemicals to stimulate innovation towards safer alternatives; ensuring that laws are implemented more efficiently and consistently; and speeding up chemicals risk management in the EU, Hansen says.

As MRC wrote before, on 15 October, The European Commissionadopted the EU's chemicals strategy for sustainability, describing it as the first step towards a zero-pollution ambition for a toxic-free environment announced in the European Green Deal.

We remind that in mid-July, 2020, The European Commission approved PKN Orlens acquisition of Grupa Loto. The approval is conditional on full compliance with a commitments package offered by PKN Orlen.

We also remind that n H1 September 2019, Honeywell announced that PKN ORLEN had licensed the UOP MaxEne process, which can increase production of ethylene and aromatics and improve the flexibility of gasoline production. The project, for the PKN Orlen facility in Plock, Poland, currently is in the basic engineering stage. Honeywell UOP, a leading provider of technologies for the oil and gas industry, first commercialized the UOP MaxEne process in 2013. The process enables refiners and petrochemical producers to direct molecules within the naphtha feed to the processes that deliver the greatest value and improve yields of fuels and petrochemicals.

Ethylene and propylene are feedstocks for producing polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP).

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 1,496,500 tonnes in the first eight months of 2020, up by 5% year on year. Shipments of all ethylene polymers increased, except for linear low desnity polyethylene (LLDPE). At the same time, PP shipments to the Russian market reached 767,2900 tonnes in the eight months of 2020 (calculated using the formula - production minus exports plus imports - and not counting producers' inventories as of 1 January, 2020). Supply increased exclusively of PP random copolymer.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:Europe, PP, PE, LLDPE, PP random copolymer, propylene, ethylene, petrochemistry, Grupa Azoty Zak, PKN Orlen, Poland, Russia, Finland.
Category:General News
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