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Chemicals and Waste

Definition(s)

Substances which reduce, eliminate or avoid adverse effects (e.g. on the ozone layer). (Source: based on Vienna Convention, Art.1. cl.4)

The process of replacing a chemical of concern with a safer chemical, material or product, or technology/process that eliminates the need to use that chemical. (Source: OECD)

Hierarchy

Alternative labels:
substitute

In other languages

French
substance de remplacement
Russian
альтернативное вещество
Spanish
sustancia alternativa
Arabic
مادة بديلة

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Multilateral environment agreements tagged with alternative substance

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Stockholm Convention
Ramsar Convention
United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification
Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution
Minamata Convention on Mercury