Small scale emitters with big impact
Industrial wastewaters, municipal sewage and stormwater are the source of hazardous substances and pollutants entering the Baltic Sea waters. Although emissions from industrial sources are formally regulated, emissions coming from small-scale businesses or households usually are not. However, in cases of substances like phthalates, bisphenol A, alkylphenols and PFAS smaller sources account for 50% of emissions in the region.
So far, the exact emitters have been not identified because of low concentrations of the substances of concern. They have not been addressed either due to the high number of emitters. Consequently, people running small-scale businesses or households have little knowledge of which chemical products to select and which to avoid in order to protect both their own health and the environment.
Lacking tools to tackle emissions from small-scale emitters
Another challenge is related to the municipal wastewater treatment facilities, which are unable to effectively treat the pollution coming from small-scale businesses and households. People responsible for wastewater management in municipalities need to learn about new techniques to reduce emissions of hazardous substances and other pollutants that cannot be reached by traditional water treatment and enforcement techniques.
NonHazCity 2 is the extension stage project of NonHazCity and helps to implement the earlier developed tools for the reduction of hazardous substances in various environments. The exchange on smart procurement praxis facilitated by the project allows decision-makers, suppliers and end-users to improve their chemical assortment.
0.15MillionEni + Russia
The partners of NonHazCity 2 focused on the implementation of the chemical action plans (CAPs) at municipalities. The participating municipalities who earlier approved such plans assessed the plans´ effectiveness and adaptability during the implementation. The CAPs contain strategic actions covering all measures taken in municipalities to reduce hazardous substances. As such, the plans were benchmarked, analysed and scored in regard to their contribution to reaching the targets. The feedback from the piloting cities such as Riga (Latvia), Pärnu (Estonia), Västeras (Sweden), Turku (Finland) and Gdansk (Poland) was integrated into the overall assessment and served as a basis for designing the training modules.
Training in chemical-smart public procurement
Municipal representatives received training on how to organise chemical-smart procurement, or green public procurement (GPP). The purpose of the training was to learn the basics about hazardous chemical substances, their origin (how they come from products and articles), how they impact the environment and finally, how to avoid them while running a procurement.
Integration of chemical risk management
Based on the key learning that chemicals risk management must become more explicit and be integrated in the environmental management system (EMS) of organisations and businesses, a guide on “Management of chemicals as a part of the environmental management system” was developed and tested. Through feedback from representatives of businesses and certification bodies, two versions of this guide were prepared: the first focuses on adapting chemicals management to existing international and worldwide standards (ISO) for EMS, the second refers in more depth to EU legislation in the area of chemicals management.
For better outreach, the partners organised #NonHazPlasticDiet campaign aimed to raise awareness of the possibilities to reduce hazardous substances. The campaign reached over half a million Europeans across 14 countries. In addition to this, the partners developed Do-It-Yourself (DIY) guides for private consumers and offices as well as a web-based app to measure the personal exposure risk with endocrine disrupting substances at home.
Assessment of the chemicals action plans of the Baltic Sea region
Training programme on chemicals-smart public procurement
Guide: management of chemicals as a part of the environmental management system
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- RepresentativeLarisa Abelite
Baltic Environmental Forum Latvia
- RepresentativeIngrida Bremere
Baltic Environmental Forum Lithuania
- RegionVilniaus apskritis
- RepresentativeAudrone Alijosiute Paulauskiene
Gdansk Water Utilities Ltd.
- RepresentativeMonika Piotrowska - Szypryt
City of Västerås
- RegionVästmanlands län
- RepresentativeSusanna Grystad
Pärnu City Government
Baltic Environmental Forum Estonia
- RepresentativeHeli Nõmmsalu
Baltic Environmental Forum Germany
- RepresentativeHeidrun Fammler
Turku University of Applied Sciences
- RepresentativeHannamaria Yliruusi
Association Polish Forum ISO 14000
- RepresentativeRobert Pochyluk
Saint-Petersburg State University of Aerospace Instrumentation
- RegionCity of St. Petersburg
- CountryRussian Federation
- RepresentativeNatalia A. Zhilnikova