Establishing Emission Limits — The VOC Solvent Emissions Directive (SED)

Protecting the environment is an integral part of the philosophy of SAFECHEM Material Handling business and the driving force behind our very own raison d'être. The European Union has also been on the ball with the introduction of the VOC Solvents Emissions Directive, the main policy instruments for the reduction of industrial emissions of volatile organic compounds in the 27 member states of the union.

The directive, which came into force on 31 October 2007, covers a wide range of solvent-using activities, such as printing, surface cleaning, painting and coating activities, dry cleaning and manufacture of footwear, and pharmaceutical products. The SED establishes emission limit values for VOCs in waste gases and maximum levels for fugitive emissions for solvent.

Reducing potential hazards is at the heart of the directive. First, it aims to prevent or, at least, reduce the direct or indirect effects of VOC emissions into the environment, particularly into the air. Second, measures and procedures are in place to minimize any potential risks to human health for activities that operate above the set solvent consumption thresholds.

All new and existing installations are required to comply with the limits set by the SED.

Please read more about SED under:

VOC-Directive (109KB PDF)