Industry representatives, politicians, researchers and environmental NGOs attended the conference hosted by the Swedish Chemicals Agency (KemI) on 18 November 2010: the Forum for a Non-toxic Environment. The Swedish minister for the environment Andreas Carlgren, Mr. Henrik Søren Larsen from the Danish EPA and documentary filmmaker Stefan Jarl were among the speakers.
- It was a very inspiring day and I hope that many new contacts have been established and that ways to future co-operation have opened. Discussions and joined efforts are very important because so many actors need to work together to reach the goal of A Non-toxic Environment, says Nina Cromnier, Director-General of KemI.
The program included several lectures, seminars and discussion opportunities relating to work for A Non-toxic Environment, but also including experience from Denmark, the EU and the rest of the world. A film was shown about the chemicals legislation of California as presented by Megan Schwarzman and Michael Wilson of UC Berkeley.
The Swedish minister for the environment Andreas Carlgren said in his speech that the chemical issue has become one of the government's highest priority environmental objectives, which among other things will result in a specific action plan for "A non-toxic living".
Several perspectives of chemicals was discussed in a debate between Inger Soldéus, the Swedish Trade Federation, Olof Holmer, the Swedish Cosmetic, Toiletry and Detergent Association, Carl-Gustaf Bornehag, Karlstad University, Mikael Karlsson, the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation, Marianne Jarl, the Swedish Consumers Association and Nina Cromnier. One of the highlighted challenges discussed was how to improve the knowledge among consumers in order for them to make demands.
A complete summary of the conference and several of the presentations will be published in a report on www.kemikalieinspektionen.se in December.