NonHazCity 2 kicks off!

NonHazCity starts its extension phase with a kick-off meeting in Riga, 3-5 September. In the course of the extension (August 2019 – January 2021) we will monitor and assess implementation of the Chemicals Action Plans and Chemicals Smart Procurement guidelines developed within NonHazCity 1. We will also produce an online training programme for municipality employees […]

 New publication: Hazardous substance reduction potential at local businesses

Small and medium size enterprises represent 99% of all businesses in the EU. Compliance with legal requirements* with respect to chemical management might comprise a huge potential for hazardous substance** emission reduction. Often, however, smaller businesses outside the chemical sector don’t believe that they use hazardous substances in their operations while in fact; very few […]

Baltic Cities Chemical Action Plans

The overall aim of the project NonHazCity project was to decrease release of hazardous substances (HS) to the Baltic Sea by developing Chemical Action Plans (CAPs) in the partner municipalities. The structured efforts described in a politically accepted CAP can serve as a blueprint for measures to reduce HS release through progressive actions taken within […]

NonHazCity at INTERREG Conference

On Tuesday and Wednesday (09/-10/04/19) the BEF Germany Team participated at the INTERREG conference in Lübeck. Around 100 INTERREG projects were briefly presented and discussed in different pitch sessions. Heidrun Fammler (deputy project manager) summarized NonHazCity in five minutes in the “Hazards to the sea” session. Project material such as plastic material containing hazardous substances […]

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. […]