Why is the Solvent Emissions Directive important?

If you are operating a business where you clean metal or plastic components in a solvent, you will be subject to the rules described in the Solvent Emissions Directive.  The Solvent Emissions Directive describes what solvent can be used and how much of that solvent can be released into the atmosphere.  Ideally, we should always aim for zero emissions where possible.

Where can I read about the Solvent Emissions Directive?

The following is an excerpt from the Solvent Emissions Directive: Purpose and scope: The purpose of this Solvent Emissions Directive is to prevent or reduce the direct and indirect effects of emissions of volatile organic compounds into the environment, mainly into air, and the potential risks to human health, by providing measures and procedures to be implemented for the activities defined in Annex I, in so far as they are operated above the solvent consumption thresholds listed in Annex IIA.

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solvent emissions directiveIs there anything else I should know about the Solvent Emissions Directive?

The following information will help bring you up to date with current regulations.

Excerpt from The Continued Use of Trichloroethylene (Trike) – Aerospace applications –

2. Under the EU Solvent Emissions Directive, Trike can continue to be used in surface cleaning under certain conditions:

  • It has been demonstrated that Trike is technically the best solution compared to other products for a specific application or that switching to an alternative is not economically viable (Art.7);
  • TRI is used as part of a registered and authorized cleaning process that meets the Emission Limit Values set by the SED.

Excerpt from the Voluntary Industry Commitment for the supply of Trichloroethylene in metal cleaning applications.

Trichloroethylene is a Priority Substance for consideration under the European Union’s Existing Substances Regulation (EC/793/93) and was classified as carcinogen Cat. 2 with the label R45 in 2001. The producers of Trichloroethylene, including Dow, have worked pro-actively with the EU authorities to develop a voluntary industry-wide commitment to:

•  ensure adequate control of risks related to the use of Trichloroethylene in metal cleaning applications identified in the EU Risk Assessment.

•  safeguarding the long-term sustainable use of Trichloroethylene in closed systems for metal cleaning, in order to benefit from its outstanding cleaning performance.

These documents are additional to solvent emissions Directive and help to clarify, qualify or strengthen the health and safety of the work environment and people working in or near such applications.