Sustainability and Stewardship

What are companies that make and use FluoroTechnology doing to help make their products more sustainable?

One of the FluoroCouncil’s primary goals is to support an industry-wide transition toward more technologically advanced chemistries that deliver valuable benefits while limiting environmental impacts. The new generation of fluorine chemistries has an improved environmental and human health profile over their predecessors. The FluoroCouncil and its members are driving the transition to fully adopt this new generation of chemistries.

Another major goal is of the FluoroCouncil is the adoption by the entire value chain of Best Available Techniques (BAT) and Best Environmental Practices (BEP) when using FluoroTechnology products. For example, the FluoroCouncil worked with the textile industry to develop BEP guidance that will help mills and finishers understand how to minimize waste and environmental releases, while also keeping desirable fluorinated products in their textile products.

Unfortunately, not all FluoroTechnology manufacturers have made the same stewardship commitments as the members of the FluoroCouncil and other participants in the PFOA Stewardship Program. Production and use of the old chemistry continues by companies in China, India, and elsewhere, without commitments to reduce emissions or product content. The FluoroCouncil has continuously worked with regulators and others to encourage the entire industry to adopt the principles of the Stewardship Program.

What initiatives have FluoroTechnology manufacturers taken to promote sustainability and stewardship?

The members of the FluoroCouncil the leading businesses in the FluoroTechnology industry have made significant investments in the development of enhanced fluorine chemistries that capitalize on new technologies to improve their environmental and health profile and performance. There has been a significant effort among member companies to advance the industry’s technology and understanding of product impacts. The FluoroCouncil is the direct result of the group’s members making sustainability and stewardship an industry-wide priority.

In addition, all of the FluoroCouncil members were early adopters of the 2010/2015 PFOA Stewardship Program, the global partnership between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and industry based on voluntary corporate goals to reduce human and environmental exposure to PFOA and specific related chemicals by eliminating those chemicals from emissions and product content by the end of 2015.

The FluoroCouncil strongly supports the U.S. EPA’s long-chain perfluorinated chemicals action plan and the associated efforts to take regulatory action to further reduce the potential risks of such chemicals. Another major goal is of the FluoroCouncil is the adoption by the entire value chain of Best Available Techniques (BAT) and Best Environmental Practices (BEP) when using FluoroTechnology products. For example, the FluoroCouncil worked with the textile industry to develop BEP guidance that will help mills and finishers understand how to minimize waste and environmental releases, while also keeping desirable fluorinated products in their textile products.

The FluoroCouncil has also continuously worked with regulators and others to encourage non- Stewardship Program companies to adopt the Program’s principles and goals to eliminate PFOA and related chemicals from facility emissions and product content.

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