PERFORCE3 Webinar, 17 September 2020, 14:00
The concept of ‘essential use’ was first applied as part of the Montreal Protocol for phasing out ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbons for all but certain essential uses. The two elements of an essential use are that a use is “necessary for health, safety or is critical for the functioning of society” and that “there are no available technically and economically feasible alternatives”. Recently the Essential Use Concept has been proposed as a means of eliminating or substituting certain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) used in Society. In this seminar, experts from academia, industry, NGOs, and Government, will discuss PFAS and the Essential Use Concept. Introductory remarks will be provided by Martin Scheringer (ETH Zurich), followed by a panel discussion moderated by Ian Cousins (ACES). The panel consists of: Stephen Korzeniowski (ATCS & PFP), Anna Lennquist (ChemSec), Jenny Ivarsson (KemI), and Joel Tickner (Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences, UMass Lowell). The event is co-organized by ACES, The European Environmental Bureau, and PERFORCE3.
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