Sustainable Chemical Regulation in a Global Environment

McEldowney, S. 2017. Sustainable Chemical Regulation in a Global Environment. in: Tan, C. and Faundez, J. (ed.) Natural Resources and Sustainable Development: International Economic Law Perspectives. Cheltenham Edward Elgar. pp. 257-276

Chapter titleSustainable Chemical Regulation in a Global Environment
AuthorsMcEldowney, S.
EditorsTan, C. and Faundez, J.
Abstract

The globalisation and unintended impacts of chemicals sets substantial challenges for sustainable development and the protection of natural resources such as land and water. Currently, there are three key chemical Conventions, the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal which came into force in 1992, the 1993 Rotterdam Convention on Trade in Dangerous Chemicals and the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) (2004). These Conventions have as common features a mechanism for assessment of chemical safety, a process for the addition of new chemicals to a list of controlled substances and capacity building in developed countries. However, they only cover a small fraction of the chemicals manufactured and traded across the world. Defining effective regulation of chemicals is an on-going debate that has the potential to have a significant impact on vested commercial and political interests. A sustainable chemical industry should take account of evidence-based standards and through legal mechanisms adopt long-term precautionary evaluations rather than short-term market driven decisions. It is argued in this paper that effective international chemical regulation in the future will come from the adoption of sound chemical management and corporate social responsibility, but it recognised that this will face the challenge of economic disparity between countries and the potential export of regulatory risk from big chemical conglomerates to poorly regulated jurisdictions.

KeywordsSustainable chemical regulation, International chemical conventions, sound chemical management
Book titleNatural Resources and Sustainable Development: International Economic Law Perspectives.
Page range257-276
Year2017
PublisherEdward Elgar
FileSustainable Chemical Regulation in a Global Environment final 1.pdf
Publication dates
Published25 Aug 2017
Place of publicationCheltenham
ISBN9781783478378
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.4337/9781783478385.00019

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