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Thematic strategy on sustainable use of plant protection products. Prospects and requirements for transferring proposals for plant protection products to biocides

Abstract

The sustainable use of pesticides pursues, independent of the authorisation of single products, the aim to minimise existing environmental risks of pesticide use and therefore contribute to the reduction of its impact on the environmental protection goals. The Thematic Strategy (TS) and the Framework Directive 2009/128/EC (FWD) on sustainable use of pesticides have so far only been implemented for plant protection products (PPP). For biocides there exists no harmonised approach. Within the project the possibilities and requirements for transferring measures of the FWD to the biocide area have been analysed, with specific focus on wood preservatives, insecticides, and antifouling products. Several biocidal active substances are found in the outlets of sewage treatment plants and in surface water, but an inventory of the present environmental impact as well as reliable data on biocide consumption and use patterns, which could be used to identify key action areas, are generally missing. These data are urgently needed for the development of suitable indicators and the definition of the objectives. Sustainable use of biocides addresses the three issues; social, environmental and economic impact at which the ecological background assigns the borderline and beam barrier of the economic and social development. A systematic analysis of the  More>>
Authors:
Gartiser, Stefan; [1]  Lueskow, Heike; [2]  Gross, Rita [3] 
  1. Hydrotox GmbH, Freiburg im Breisgau (Germany)
  2. Institut fuer Oekologie und Politik GmbH (OEKOPOL), Hamburg (Germany)
  3. Oeko-Institut e.V. - Institut fuer Angewandte Oekologie e.V., Freiburg im Breisgau (Germany)
Publication Date:
Mar 15, 2012
Product Type:
Technical Report
Report Number:
UBA-FB-001587
Resource Relation:
Related Information: Umweltbundesamt. Texte v. 06/2012
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; BIOLOGICAL MATERIALS; ENVIRONMENTAL EXPOSURE; ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION; PESTICIDES; PLANTS; REGULATIONS; RISK ASSESSMENT
Sponsoring Organizations:
Umweltbundesamt, Dessau (Germany); Bundesministerium fuer Umwelt, Naturschutz und Reaktorsicherheit, Berlin (Germany)
OSTI ID:
21555628
Research Organizations:
Umweltbundesamt, Dessau (Germany)
Country of Origin:
Germany
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
Other: Foerderkennzeichen UFOPLAN 3708 63 400; ISSN 1862-4804; TRN: DE12G5380
Availability:
Commercial reproduction prohibited; OSTI as DE21555628
Submitting Site:
DE
Size:
304 pages
Announcement Date:
May 31, 2012

Citation Formats

Gartiser, Stefan, Lueskow, Heike, and Gross, Rita. Thematic strategy on sustainable use of plant protection products. Prospects and requirements for transferring proposals for plant protection products to biocides. Germany: N. p., 2012. Web.
Gartiser, Stefan, Lueskow, Heike, & Gross, Rita. Thematic strategy on sustainable use of plant protection products. Prospects and requirements for transferring proposals for plant protection products to biocides. Germany.
Gartiser, Stefan, Lueskow, Heike, and Gross, Rita. 2012. "Thematic strategy on sustainable use of plant protection products. Prospects and requirements for transferring proposals for plant protection products to biocides." Germany.
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title = {Thematic strategy on sustainable use of plant protection products. Prospects and requirements for transferring proposals for plant protection products to biocides}
author = {Gartiser, Stefan, Lueskow, Heike, and Gross, Rita}
abstractNote = {The sustainable use of pesticides pursues, independent of the authorisation of single products, the aim to minimise existing environmental risks of pesticide use and therefore contribute to the reduction of its impact on the environmental protection goals. The Thematic Strategy (TS) and the Framework Directive 2009/128/EC (FWD) on sustainable use of pesticides have so far only been implemented for plant protection products (PPP). For biocides there exists no harmonised approach. Within the project the possibilities and requirements for transferring measures of the FWD to the biocide area have been analysed, with specific focus on wood preservatives, insecticides, and antifouling products. Several biocidal active substances are found in the outlets of sewage treatment plants and in surface water, but an inventory of the present environmental impact as well as reliable data on biocide consumption and use patterns, which could be used to identify key action areas, are generally missing. These data are urgently needed for the development of suitable indicators and the definition of the objectives. Sustainable use of biocides addresses the three issues; social, environmental and economic impact at which the ecological background assigns the borderline and beam barrier of the economic and social development. A systematic analysis of the instruments for improving sustainable use of pesticides described in TS and FWD indicated that many issues can be transferred to the biocide area. This concerns e.g. education and training, requirements for sales, the establishment of awareness programmes, control of the machinery for biocide application, the development of best practice standards based on integrated pest management principles, and the collection of statistics on biocide consumption. Some biocide specific characteristics need to be considered: E.g. unlike PPP, the intended use of some biocides is to be directly applied in water bodies or indoors. Furthermore for some product types, emissions during the service life of biocides (e.g. through leaching) are more relevant than during the application phase. The authors recommend the development of an action framework on sustainable use of biocides on European level. Key problem areas and action options should be identified and prioritised after analysis of existing data. These measures could be implemented by establishing a new TS or FWD on biocides or by amending the existing TS or FWD one on pesticides. However certain measures could be first implemented on national level and then be included in a national action plan. A prioritisation of biocide uses to be considered is required. Later on, existing national measures could be implemented in a general strategy on sustainable use at European level. (orig.)}
place = {Germany}
year = {2012}
month = {Mar}
}