SwitchMed promotes sustainable production practices in the paint industry
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The Regional Action Plan on SCP in the Mediterranean aims to revive industrial and socio-economic development towards clean, non-wasteful, low-carbon, resource-efficient, socially inclusive, green and circular economies. In this context, the SCP / RAC, a center established by the Barcelona Convention with a specific mandate to support the Contracting Parties in the promotion of PCD and the sound management of chemicals, has carried out a search for the best innovative solutions to prevent the use of toxic chemicals in products widely used by Mediterranean consumers. The 20 preventive solutions that have been identified include the phase-out or chemical substitution of toxic substances and the SCP / RAC wishes to support the implementation of at least one of these solutions through the development of pilot projects.
The substitution of lead in paint is one of the 20 identified preventive solutions and is the subject of a pilot project in Tunisia. The results of these activities will serve to challenge policy makers and urge them to take action to support industries in the transition to non-toxic alternatives, as an essential step in the transition to circular economies. This pilot action will be implemented in coordination with the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead in Paint and will represent the first case study of GEF's large-scale project "Global Best Practices on Emerging Chemical Policy" Issues of Concern in the UN's Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM).
In June 19th-20th in ARENA – Les Berges du Lac in Tunis, SCP/RAC is carrying out a small scale trade fair for the substitution of lead in paint called "Lead in Paint Substitution in Industrial Paint in Tunisia"
This action will gather in Tunis, economic operators in the Tunisian and foreign industrial paint sector for an exchange of experiences and business meetings, decision-makers from the different Ministries concerned, and research centers and universities representatives.
During this event, the EU-funded Switchmed programme will offer attendants:
- Participation in a conference that will present good practice in SCP and discuss alternatives to lead in industrial paint, as well as strategies to introduce alternatives safely and efficiently.
- A B2B area to meet international producers and suppliers to identify business and cooperation opportunities that will enable stakeholders to adopt sustainable production practices.