Control of Hazardous Substances in the Baltic Sea region (COHIBA)

1st January 2009 – 31st December 2011

Project focuses on a set of 11 groups of hazardous substances of specific concern to Baltic Sea. Identifies the most significant pollution sources, analyses the uses and pathways of such chemicals and proposes most effective measures to reduce toxic discharges into the Baltic Sea.

Baltic Actions for the reduction of Pollution of the Baltic Sea from Priority Hazardous Substances (BaltActHaz)

1st January 2009 – 30th June 2012

Project incorporates many activities which have the common aim to reduce the pollution from hazardous substances in the Baltic Sea. Propose relevant monitoring measures through investigating the occurrence of priority hazardous substances and pollutants, tracking the possible pollution sources and helping to enhance chemicals management in enterprises by improving the quality of environmental permits and proposing to substitute hazardous chemicals in the production process with less hazardous substances.

Baltic Info Campaign on Hazardous Substances (BaltInfoHaz)

1st October 2011 – 31st March 2015

Project challenges the society of the Baltic states to reassess their consumption patterns through providing information and raising their awareness that many products which we buy and use every day may contain substances which are hazardous to our health, our children’s health and to the environment. Through different activities the idea is to initiate a stronger demand for products free of hazardous substances.

Management of hazardous substances in Russia

October 2008-April 2012

The approach to managing hazardous substances differs between Russia and the European Union. Danger to human health is the primary motivation to regulate in Russia, while environmental aspects and preventive measures are not yet part and parcel of the system. These differences lead to a number of substances considered hazardous in the EU and the Helsinki Commission not being addressed fully by Russian legislation. Within several projects the BEF Group has been supporting the dialogue and mutual understanding between Russian and the EU, and proposing measures for a modern management of hazardous substances according to international standards. As one of the tools for understanding, a multilingual glossary has been prepared which compares both, the EU and Russian systems.