ECSA Manager

Sébastien Gallet - ECSA Manager

Sébastien Gallet

Avenue E. Van Nieuwenhuyse 4,

box 2 B-1160 Brussels, Belgium

ECSA represents the interests of European chlorinated solvent producers and consumers. It was formed over 40 years ago and it is part of Euro Chlor.

ECSA works to support the long-term sustainability of chlorinated solvents. The association defines and promotes safe use practices and commissions toxicological studies to further increase the already broad knowledge of the products.

GOAL:

  • Ensure that hazards and risks of our substances are identified
  • Ensure that proper risk management is applied by users of chlorinated solvents (REACH Exposure Scenarios, ODS, Waste management recycling, etc...)
  • Promote safe practices along the value chain including recycling and end of life management

OBJECTIVES:

  • Act as a contact point for regulators
  • Commission studies to further increase the knowledge of our products
  • Provide expertise on chlorinated solvents to downstream users

MEMBERS:

AkzoNobel Industrial Chemicals(Netherlands - producing in Germany)

INOVYN (UK- producing in France & Italy)

Olin Corporation (production by Blue Cube Assets in Germany)

Spolek pro chemickou a hutní výrobu (Spolchemie)(Czech Republic)

KEM ONE (France)

 

Chlorinated solvents offered by ECSA companies:

Products Methylene Chloride Perchloroethylene Trichloroethylene
Akzo Nobel Industrial Chemicals  
INOVYN    
Olin Corporation      
Spolchemie
KEM ONE    

 

Last update : 07/2018

Montreal Protocol Meeting - ECSA & HSIA side event

November 2017

DCM & the ozone layer
November 2017 

During this side event, we will provide you with scientific facts and figures on the worldwide production, emissions of the VSLS Dichloromethane (DCM) and its negligible contribution to ozone depletion.
We will consider the following criteria: global production by industry and emissions, global natural production, behavior and effect on the atmosphere, regulatory overview for DCM. The full paper is available here. A one-pager summary is also available.
More information

 

TRI Authorisations granted

September 2018

Trichloroethylene (TRI) can be used safely under controlled conditions. Five authorisations have been granted to BlueCube Germany (a subsidiary of Olin) to continue to produce TRI for specific uses, for example Industrial Parts Cleaning. Customers of this producer can use TRI for these applications under the conditions set by the EU Commission and the defined risk management measures.


 

UBA PMT criteria published

February 2018

The German Environment Agency (UBA, Umweltbundesamt) has published the assessment of "Persistence, Mobility and Toxicity (PMT)" with the desire to protect drinking water sources. Applying conservative criteria for PMT as defined by UBA, perchloroethylene (PER) and trichloroethylene (TRI) appear as number 2 and 3 on the report. UBA also aims to establish PMT as an equivalent concern to identify SVHC substance for authorisation under REACH. ECSA does not consider SVHC identification using PMT criteria as the appropriate tool to improve drinking water quality due to this being a pure hazard based approach and thus does not consider risk. TRI is already listed in Annex XIV (authorisation) and today PER is handled almost exclusively in closed systems with no intentional emission to water or soil. For further information see the ECSA position paper on PER here.


 

New Study on Dichloromethane

February 2018

Together with HSIA, ECSA supported a study to clarify the mode of action of cancer formation for Dichloromethane (DCM). The study results have been published end of 2018. The outcome of the study shows that below the threshold there is no risk of cancer formation related to DCM.

The full paper is available here.