Development of Voluntary Agreements to Reduce Phosphates in Detergents
The main objective of this output is to assess the possibility for the introduction of acceptable standards in the particular DRB countries and to develop proposals for the required legislative reforms and measures as well as appropriate enforcement and/or voluntary agreement schemes. The EU policies and legislation do not provide for phosphate detergents phase-out plans. The present situation in the EU countries is based on voluntary arrangements established by negotiation with detergent manufacturers.
The country-specific recommendations and implementation schedules shall be mostly based on the experiences from Western European countries and in the context of related developments (i.e. policy and legislative) at the European Union level and should take into account the institutional and especially the economic capability of the particular DRB countries. The Task Force established in the frame of ICPDR and led by Germany aiming on reduction of Phosphorus coming from detergents is supported by this activity. The output will provide analytical background and develop proposals for accomplishing a voluntary agreement between ICPDR and the Detergent Industry with appropriate time frame.
Stakeholder Seminar: Phosphates in detergents - Latest developments in the Danube River Basin (25 Jan 07, Bucharest)
Read more about NGO activities and Background story at the Detergents Theme pages .