HP, Sony, Dell Push PVC, BFR Restrictions

by | May 24, 2010

An alliance of global companies including Acer, Dell, Hewlett-Packard and Sony Ericsson, and environmental organizations including the European Environmental Bureau (EEB), urged restrictions on PVC and brominated substances in electric and electronic equipment in the EU, according to a press release by the EEB.

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and brominated flame retardants (BFRs) can currently be found in electronic equipment and other products, creating high risks for environment and public health if these products are not properly disposed of.

The organizations are calling on EU legislators to ban the use of all BFR and PVC in electronics after 2015. EU legislators are now in the process of deciding future restrictions on hazardous substances in electronics through the revision of the EU Restrictions on Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive.

The European Parliament Environment Committee will vote on the RoHS proposal on 3 June. The European Parliament will consider the directive in plenary in July 2010. The Council of Environmental Ministers will have its own debate on this subject on the 11th of June.

Greenpeace recently pressured many electronics companies to support such a ban, while Apple and Sony were recently recognized for their efforts to eliminate the use of PVC and BFRs.

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