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2022-08-06
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BSEF has expressed its support for the development of environmentally friendly flame retardants. The bromine environment and Science Forum (BSEF) recently stated that it firmly supports the resolution adopted by the conference of the parties to the Stockholm Convention on persistent organic pollutants (POPs) of the United Nations Environment Programme to list hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) as a persistent organic pollutant. All its member companies will actively work to develop environmentally friendly flame retardants that can be used to replace HBCD. Meanwhile, in the field of foamed plastics such as expanded polystyrene (EPS) and extruded polystyrene (XPS), during the exemption period obtained by HBCD, the bromine environment and Science Forum and its members will continue to work closely with downstream users to promote the implementation of the voluntary action plan for release control (vecap), adopt best practices, reduce the release of bromine flame retardants in the environment and ensure their smooth transition

a few days ago, the parties to the United Nations Environment Programme pops voted unanimously to adopt a resolution to list HBCD as a persistent organic pollutant and prohibit its production and use worldwide. At the same time, it is mentioned in the additional conditions of the convention that the expanded polystyrene (EPS) and extruded polystyrene (XPS) used by HBCD in the construction field will enjoy a specific exemption before 2019, and the oxidation carbon emission will be reduced by 5 to 8 grams. The resolution also requires that all parties using this exemption should take necessary measures to ensure that EPS and XPS containing HBCD can be easily identified by labeling or other means throughout their life cycle

in this regard, BSEF said that in recent years, they have been committed to finding a sustainable environmentally friendly flame retardant to replace HBCD for EPS and XPS. Now, the regulatory bodies around the world that evaluate new chemical substances have approved a new polymer brominated flame retardant for industrial production. This new polymer brominated flame retardant has strong stability and can ensure the effective flame retardance of polystyrene foam in its whole life cycle. BSEF said that under the requirements of Stockholm Convention and relevant regulations, its member companies will strive to meet the demand of polystyrene plastic manufacturers for this new polymer flame retardant, so as to promote its smooth and orderly transition. At the same time, in terms of sealing quality, during the transition period, they will also actively promote the implementation of vecap to minimize the release of HBCD in the environment

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