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Life Cycle Assessment of Environment-Compatible Flame Retardants ( Prototypical case study)

Objective

Brominated flame retardants (BFRs) will be phased out because of their environmental hazards. Less toxic alternatives appear to be available already but comprehensive information on their possible toxicological effects are lacking. ENFIRO offers a prototypical case study on substitution options for BFRs resulting in a comprehensive dataset on viability of production and application, environmental safety, and a complete life cycle assessment. Dissemination will ensure the project results to arrive at policymakers' desks. The ENFIRO consortium is a unique collaboration between industries, SME's and universities with a wide variety of scientific disciplines. ENFIRO will contribute to the phasing out of BFRs as proposed in the European Water Framework Directive. The approach and the results of ENFIRO will be useful for similar substitution studies, e.g. in REACH. Following a study on literature and industrial information, and prioritizing , three flame retardant (FR)/product combinations will be selected (e.g. metal-based FRs, phosphorous-based and nanoclay-based FRs in printed circuit boards, paints and foam). These will be studied for environmental and toxicological risks, and for viability of industrial implementation, i.e. production of the FR, fire safety and application of the FR into products (electronics, furniture, paints, foams, etc.). All information from these tests will be used for a risk assessment. The outcome of that assessment will, together with socio-economic information be used in a complete life cycle assessment. The project will follow a pragmatic approach, avoiding final recommendations on environment-compatible substitution options that would not be viable for implementation by industry. A Substitution Information Exchange Forum with members representing FR users (large industries) has been invited to guide this project.

Field of science

  • /humanities/languages and literature/literature - general

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2008-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

STICHTING VU
Address
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
Netherlands
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 625 162,80
Administrative Contact
Yvonne Kops (Dr.)

Participants (12)

UNIVERSITY OF ULSTER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 385 723,59
Address
Cromore Road
BT52 1SA Coleraine
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ann Marie Patton (Dr.)
CLARIANT PRODUKTE (DEUTSCHLAND) GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 49 020
Address
Bruningstrasse 50
65929 Frankfurt Am Main
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Adrian Beard (Dr.)
IRIS VERNICI SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 53 499,40
Address
Via Novi 42
15060 Basaluzzo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Elisa Veneri (Ms.)
PROCOAT Consorzio per la promozione dei prodotti vernicianti e ricopenti
Italy
EU contribution
€ 45 000
Address
Viale Teresa Michel 5
15100 Alessandria
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Silvia Bea (Ms.)
IVAM UVA
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 363 629,25
Address
Roetersstraat 33
1018 WB Amsterdam
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marie El Thunnissen (Dr.)
STOCKHOLMS UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 189 496
Address
Universitetsvagen 10
10691 Stockholm
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Cynthia De Wit (Dr.)
UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 290 215
Address
Heidelberglaan 8
3584 CS Utrecht
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Monique Van Der Hoek (Ms.)
RISE IVF AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 450 750
Address
Argongatan 30
431 53 Molndal
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Sylvia Håkansson (Ms.)
UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 295 168,25
Address
Spui 21
1012WX Amsterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Lucia Maria Steneker (Ms.)
CALLISTO PRODUCTIONS LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 150 000
Address
Carolines Crescent
AB41 8BN Ellon, Abberdeenshire
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Tom Mcinnes (Mr.)
ITRI Ltd
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 259 889,75
Address
Unit 3 Curo Park
AL2 2DD St Albans
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jan Macfarland (Ms.)
VERENIGING VOOR CHRISTELIJK HOGER ONDERWIJS WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK EN PATIENTENZORG

Participation ended

Netherlands
Address
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Yvonne Kops (Ms.)