NonHazCity final conference and results!

The final conference of NonHazCity was held in the end of January in Riga. During those two days exciting discussions about the experiences gained in the project, about project highlights  and about specific chemical action plans on different levels (municipality, businesses) took place. There were a lot of ideas to be shared and thoughts reflected […]

Less hazardous chemicals in households, pre-schools and municipalities: End of NonHazCity project

The NonHazCity project has been finalised: Less hazardous chemicals in households, pre-schools and municipalities  Almost 100 wastewater samples were analysed to define the priority hazardous substances in the municipalities, concluding that traditional pollutants like heavy metals have been successfully managed but organic substances are widely detected – also in residential areas, meaning from residential uses. […]

A visit at the INTERREG Secretariat

Last week, the BEF DE Team visited the INTERREG Secretariat in Rostock – who is the funder of our NonHazCity project – and checked their office for hazardous substances. The office check revealed that it is equipped with environmentally friendly interior materials and furniture, e.g. wooden furniture, simple wallpaper and dispersion paints, few plastic items, […]

Guide for Chemical Smart Public Procurement is here!

Municipalities have many tools to promote environmentally smart actions. Due to its sheer volume, public procurement in municipalities has a significant role in achieving sustainable development. Additionally, public procurement has a potential effect on the reduction of chemical emissions in municipalities. Guide for Chemical Smart Public Procurement is targeted at all municipal actors. Its purpose […]

Invitation to the Final Conference of NonHazCity (29-30 January 2019) in Riga

The NonHazCity project, flagship of the Baltic Sea Region, is ending on 28 February 2019 after three years of successful implementation. We therefore want to gather representatives of municipalities, national authorities, international organisations, business stakeholders, researchers and civil society representatives to discuss the findings, learnings & conclusions of the project, hear about its highlights and […]

MAKE SUBSTITUTION HAPPEN: conclusions from the international seminar in Riga

Reducing our exposure to hazardous substances requires concrete actions by all sectors of society including public authorities, private citizens and companies. Companies have an especially important role to play as they have the possibility to improve their chemicals risk management and to engage in chemical substitution where hazardous substances are replaced by less hazardous alternatives. […]

BEF DE team checks the chemical management at the INTERREG Secretariat in Rostock

On Thursday (10/01/2019) the BEF Germany Team will visit the INTERREG Secretariat in Rostock as part of the „NonHazCity“ project to check for hazardous substances. The European funding program “INTERREG Baltic Sea Region” is the funder of our project “NonHazCity” (Innovative management solutions for minimizing emissions of hazardous substances from small sources) and is going […]

New Report: Hazardous substance reduction through phase out of old articles and materials in pre-schools

Many old resting mattresses and toys in Stockholm’s pre-schools have been replaced in recent years due to the high risk of content of hazardous substances. These actions are described in the guidance document for a chemical smart pre-school developed by the Chemical Centre at the Environment and Health Administration in the City of Stockholm, as […]

Results of the campaigns on hazardous substances in households are here

A new report “Overview of the inhabitants’ campaigns in the cities and the most successful campaign elements” has been compiled. The report gives an insight into the campaigns on hazardous substances carried out in households in partner cities in 2017-2018 and their most successful elements. The report also encourages other municipalities and relevant stakeholders to […]

Social media campaign about harmful substances during Christmas

Christmas is the season to be jolly. A time full of happiness and joy. It’s the time to reach out to your close ones and spend time with the family. A time for peace and contemplation. However, all of these things often get lost in the holiday hustle and bustle, when we are getting frustrated […]