Socio-Economic Impact of Copper Compounds Classification in Industrial Sites Presented at SETAC Europe

Long-term contributor to the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC), ECI has participated one again at SETAC Europe Annual Meeting, held this year on 22-26 May in Nantes, France.

Under the theme “Environmental contaminants from land to sea: continuities and interface in environmental toxicology and chemistry”, ECI’s scientists Dr. Katrien Delbeke, Dr. Stijn Baken and Laia Perez-Simbor (see picture below) have discussed several copper-related topics and presented to about 2500 experts from government, industry, consultancy and academia attending this renowned international conference the recent research on copper.

Laia Perez Simbor presented the Poster “Socio-Economic Impact of Copper Compounds Classification in Industrial Sites Presented at SETAC Europe”, produced in cooperation with the University of Antwerp and Hasselt University.

Regulation 1907/2006/EC concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorizationand Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), offers risk management measures to assure safe use of dangerous substances but it remains a challenge to properly assess the effects of risk management measures in several industrial sectors. Currently, the integration of the cost and benefits of applying harmonised classification on substances is not included in the decision-making process, although has direct and indirect consequences for industrial sectors and ecosystems.

The research presented in this poster develops a way of presenting the results, based on an economic-environmental analysis, focused on the primary hotspots, to assess the trade-offs of applying harmonised classification in industrial sectors. It includes provisions for organizational and investment cost and, as a novelty, incorporates the external environmental cost and benefits, based on ecosystem services quantifications.

Other presentations supported by ECI at SETAC this year inlcude: