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 […]

How can the use of harmful substances in business be reduced?

On 23rd and 24th October, 2018, in Riga, representatives from 17 European states will debate on which mechanisms would most effectively help businesses to reduce the use of harmful chemicals in their daily activities. According to calculations by the campaign Healthy Workplaces Manage Dangerous Substances, approximately 38% of businesses in Europe use dangerous substances on […]

International seminar in Riga: “Encourage and Support Enterprises to Minimize the Use of Harmful Substances

Seminar on 23-24(25) October 2018 in RIGA, Latvia. Organised by the EU-funded projects: INTERREG NonHazCity, LIFE Fit for REACH and LIFE AskREACH The aim of the seminar is to identify how authorities and other stakeholders could help companies to improve their chemicals’ risk management and in particular to minimise their use of harmful substances. Topics […]

New report: Hazardous substances in articles and materials

Tracking sources of hazardous substances is one part of the NonHazCity project. To learn more about the content of hazardous substances in articles and materials, a range of indoor items were analysed for a selection of chemicals, with a focus on items commonly found in preschools. New and old toys, creative material, mattresses and other […]