Zero Pollution Stakeholder Platform

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EuChemS was invited by the European Commission to join the Zero Pollution Stakeholder Platform.

The Commission, in cooperation with the Committee of the Regions, set up this Zero Pollution Stakeholder Platform to achieve the zero pollution ambition.

The Platform will effectively mainstream the zero pollution agenda. It will bring together stakeholders and experts of different policy areas, such as health, agriculture, research and innovation, transport, digitalisation and the environment. It will create co-ownership, promote collaboration, and foster integrated solutions to maximise synergies with decarbonisation and post-COVID 19 recovery efforts.

EuChemS will approach the challenges from the angle of chemical sciences. It will be represented by Ioannis Katsoyiannis and Nineta Hrastelj.

The meeting was co0chaired by co-chaired by Veronica Manfredi, Director of DG Environment, Markku Markkula, Member of the Committee of the Regions and Patrick Child, Deputy Director-General of DG Environment

Key topics:

  • Urban and regional zero pollution action
  • Promoting Zero Pollution Performance Scoreboard
  • Phasing out pollution from pharmaceuticals in cities and regions

Ioannis Katsoyiannis contributed on behalf of EuChemS, with regards to the topic of regulation of pharmaceuticals in waters and wastewaters of Europe. He highlighted the importance of the metabolites of the organic pollutants existing in waters. In addition, he emphasized the availability of EuChemS, and the willingness of our network of European chemists to contribute to the discussion about the topic.

The meeting was co-chaired by Patrick Child, Deputy Director General of DG Environment of the European Commission and Marieke Schouten, Member of the European Committee of the Regions

Key topics:

  • Reducing health inequalities through zero pollution
  • Towards zero pollution from production and consumption
  • Fostering research and innovation for zero pollution
  • Flagship 7 – Digital solutions for Zero Pollution (flagship 7)