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Environmental safety is a must

Friday, 16 December 2011 | Posted by: Sonja Specks, European Coatings Journal

More efforts are necessary to save our environment - our future. I ask for more cooperations - not only between universities or institutions and industry, but much more between the industrial companies. I claim for much more networking to gain more sustainable alternatives. Without losing know-how, but gaining cost saving, avoiding drawbacks and efficient realization of new developments. Here are my arguments - what do you think?

It is my vivid concern to demand more environmental safety. Canada withdraws from the Kyoto Protocol on climate change, maybe because of a lack of understanding, maybe just because of not enough money. But it is a sign to the world. A bad sign. In front of Unilever’s doors in Hamburg, Indondesian aboriginal people and environmental activists demonstrate against the huge deforestation of the rainforest to install a larger palm oil plant by "Occupy Unilever” . And sad but true, politicians didn’t cover themselves with glory and prospects in Durban at the world climate conference. In my opinion, Germany is one of a few countries with a high effort on environmental safety and CO2-reduction. But that should be even more an urgent target for other countries- a well known fact.

I think it is a great idea that companies cooperate with universities to find out more possibilities for sustainable raw material alternatives. Siemens works together with various universities in Denmark to install more wind power and BASF is included in a large network of universities and collaborating companies for biotechnology. An interesting fact also for the coatings industry. But I think there could be even more efforts from the industry. Even more networking to gain more sustainable alternatives. I think this would be a win-win situation for all. You don’t lose your expertise on coatings while working on a single raw material. You still keep your own recipes, but the industry could force more development and exchange on know-how. Besides cost savings, drawbacks such as in Indonesia could be avoided and new developments could be realized efficiently and reasonably. And international companies could easily spread the idea of environmental safety throughout the world and set standards there. All of these things would be a big help for all people – but for sure for our future prospects.

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