Sustainability beyond Europe
Sustainability beyond Europe
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the United Nations’ blueprint for a better future. They address the global challenges we face, including poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation and prosperity. The EU Commission’s political programme integrates the SDGs into all their proposals, policies and strategies.
ESIG is committed to enhance, promote and fulfil its share to meet those relevant for our sector. Find out more on how solvents contribute to meeting SDGs.
Solvents are used to prepare and isolate active ingredients in plant protection products like pesticides, herbicides and insecticides. Solvents can also reduce the amount of plant protection products used by facilitating that they spread uniformly and dry slowly, leading to higher absorbency.
Antibiotics, blood thinners and pain relievers all require solvents. They are the medium in which chemical reactions take place to make active pharmaceutical ingredients.
Solvents are used to make the teaching materials needed to ensure inclusive and equitable education. Professional printers use solvent-based inks to make schoolbooks.
TO MAKE WATER POTABLE?
A key step in waste water treatment involving carbon-based solvents is removing nitrogen or nitrogen compounds like nitrates to make it potable.
Many different solvents are used to make solar panels, from the glue that sticks them together to the fluids that clean them. Solvents are also used to produce high performance thin-film solar panels, which are more efficient than most current ones.
Solvents play many important roles in the sector, from being used in the detergents that clean the railway tracks to being used in the coatings that protect the carriages. They help keep trains on track.
Solvent-based chemicals can help make the strong, secure and aesthetic concrete needed to build infrastructure, industry offices and homes.
Solvents prevent the foil aluminium sheets used in building insulation from sticking to each other. Solvent-based aerogels and vacuum insulation panels promise high-performance thermal and acoustic insulation.
Making products last longer helps promote sustainable consumption. Coatings with solvents protect critical infrastructure like bridges and dams from corrosion and rust. Solvents evaporate faster than other solutions, resulting in higher productivity and less energy use.
Solvents are used to clean and degrease the two halves of wind turbine blades before binding them, keeping them lighter and lowering air resistance.
Marine dispersants that contain solvents help to break oil slicks down into tiny droplets. This facilitates oil dilution in the water column and accelerates its biodegradation by the microorganisms naturally present in the sea.
Solvents are used in co-solvent soil flushing, a practice that helps conserve and restore ecosystems like forests, wetlands, drylands and mountains. Co-solvent soil flushing extracts organic contaminants from the soil with water or other aqueous solutions and a solvent mixture.