Supporting the responsible use of solvents based on sound science and best practice

The solvents industry


Employs more than 10.000 people in Europe


Turns over 2,5 - 3 billion € annually


Sells 5 million tonnes of solvents annually


Spends more than 20 million € annually on R&D

Solvent VOC emissions inventories

The updated ESIG Solvents VOC inventories are out now with the 2015 estimated emissions. This February 2018 technical paper shows that VOC solvents emissions in the EU have stabilized since 2008.

Solvents explained

Watch this video to learn about solvents and the
industry’s impact in Europe. See how ESIG encourages
best practice and supports innovation.

Generic Exposure Scenarios (GES)

Comply with REACH using our Generic Exposure
Scenarios (GES), the industry standard in Europe


  • Manufacturing
    For high-performance products that get lots of wear and tear, solvent-based adhesives are essential during manufacturing. They are the best product to bind different materials together from metal to rubber.
  • Transport
    Solvents help to keep you safe on the road, no matter what the season or conditions.
  • Health
    Ask any chemist and they will tell you that solvents are a key ingredient to the essential medicines we all depend on for our health and wellness.
  • Home
    When it comes to household cleaning, solvents really are simply essential. They work wonders on the toughest cleaning challenges.
  • Creative Arts
    Without words, how can we express our ideas, emotions or views? Pick up a paintbrush or start designing on screen. While you let your imagination run wild, remember it is the solvents that make your creation possible.
  • Painting and Coatings
    We experience the world today in splashes of colour because of the paints that cover our buildings, coat our bridges and decorate our walls. And solvents make it all possible.
  • Beauty
    There is a beauty product for everything from skin and hair to nails. And solvents are often the ingredient common to all.
  • Fashion
    Your clothes get a lot of wear and tear. What is the secret to maintaining them season after season? Solvent-based cleaners play an essential role.
  • Agriculture and food
    There are 7 billion people on the planet today and our global population is expected to increase by a further 2 billion by 2050. How can we ensure food security now and in the future? Solvents are playing a crucial role.