Sustainability

In the past 10 years, epoxy resins have greatly enhanced the sustainability of other industries in growing sectors such as electronics, automotive, protective coatings, adhesives and civil engineering. Consumers have also enjoyed buildings and products which last longer, have better functionalities and consume less energy.

The Epoxy Resin Committee Members are working on a set of different environmental and health targets and continue to enhance the sustainability credentials of their products. The objective is to ensure that the substances produced and/or imported are being safely manufactured and used.

Epoxy producers and importers provide Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) data via enhanced material safety data sheets also covering exposure scenarios assessments for various applications.

The member companies of the ERC are committed to work with their downstream users to ensure that their substances and products will honour the following criteria:

• Have a reduced carbon footprint using high performance industrial processes.

• Can be used to produce the valuable article/property safely.

• Have negligible contribution to environmental release via emissions from abrasion and/or chemical decomposition of components.

• Are disposed of in accordance with the most appropriate waste laws without a burden to the environment.

The Epoxy Resins Committee also supports the Eco-profiles Programme of PlasticsEurope.

All ERC member companies have sustainability reports available for download on their company websites.

Did you know?

Even in small quantities, epoxies have a significant positive effect on the sustainability of large and expensive structures such as maritime and sewage processing plants. They also enable engineers to build larger and lighter equipment, such as windmill blades to produce energy more efficiently and modern airplanes that fly with more than 20% better fuel efficiency. [1]


[1] Epoxy Resins: Silent Enablers of a Sustainable Economy. Market Overview and Socio-Economic Analysis of the European Epoxy Resin Industry, 2010.