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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.
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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)

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UNIVERSITY OF ULSTER

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 385 723,59

CLARIANT PRODUKTE (DEUTSCHLAND) GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 49 020

IRIS VERNICI SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 53 499,40

PROCOAT Consorzio per la promozione dei prodotti vernicianti e ricopenti

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 45 000

IVAM UVA

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 363 629,25

STOCKHOLMS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 189 496

UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 290 215

RISE IVF AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 450 750

UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 295 168,25

CALLISTO PRODUCTIONS LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 150 000

ITRI Ltd

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 259 889,75

VERENIGING VOOR CHRISTELIJK HOGER ONDERWIJS WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK EN PATIENTENZORG

Netherlands

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 226563

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 September 2009

  • End date

    30 November 2012

Funded under:

FP7-ENVIRONMENT

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 979 893,04

  • EU contribution

    € 3 157 554,04

Coordinated by:

STICHTING VU

Netherlands