Chemical Management Services: European state-of-the-art and perspectives for the future
|Oksana Mont, Ph.D.|
IIIEE, Lund University,Sweden
Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands.
|Sustainable society is often defined as a knowledge society with high level of immaterial services, low environmental impacts and low risks. The reality is however somewhat different. Although statistics points out to the increasing share of service industries in our economies, the environmental impacts and risks associated with using chemicals in various processes are still significant. Indeed, the number and diversity of chemicals produced and used in society today is growing in conjunction with the evident and uncertain environmental impacts associated with their life cycle. Chemical management services (CMS) is a business model based on a strategic, long-term contract, according to which the supplier of chemical management services accepts the responsibility for managing chemicals and strives to reduce the associated costs and risks. This strategy also has the potential to reduce the environmental impacts of chemicals. So far, experiences from providing or using CMS largely come from the |