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Fire Retardant Technologies: safe products with optimised environmental performance - EV0432

The aim of this project is to review the available technologies for achieving fire retardant properties in key product groups, and to determine best practice in terms of achieving appropriate safety standards with minimal environmental impact.
1. Provide a summary of the legislative landscape and how it has changed (including UK, EU and US developments, and covering both fire safety requirements and restrictions on substances used).
2. Provide a UK and EU market analysis to provide an insight into the key technologies currently used in different products in the UK and EU and emerging trends.
3. Undertake a review of latest scientific knowledge and risk assessment conclusions of the hazardous nature of fire retardants.
4. Undertake a review of alternative approaches to fire retardancy, including reactive technologies and physical barriers / use of naturally fire retardant materials, together with an indication of relative costs of the different approaches.
5. Provide a recommendation, for each key product group, of the fire retardancy approach with the best performance in terms of environmental impact. This should be accompanied by an assessment of the level to which this optimum approach is already employed by industry and, if applicable, the ease with which it could be taken up by the mass market and associated costs. Case studies which demonstrate that the recommended approach is achievable should be included where possible.
6. In the light of the study findings, review whether the latest criteria set under the EU Ecolabel for a) Textiles and b) Bed Mattresses are fit for purpose and achievable by UK companies, and recommend overarching principles for how criteria should be set on fire retardancy in future development of standards for these and for other product groups.

Project Documents
• Final Report : Flame Retardants Policy Report   (593k)
• Final Report : Flame Retardants Technical Report   (1416k)
• Final Report - Annex : Annexe 1   (844k)
• Final Report - Annex : Annexe 2   (967k)
• Final Report - Annex : Annexe 3   (947k)
• Final Report - Annex : Annexe 4   (669k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2009

To: 2010

Cost: £97,523
Contractor / Funded Organisations
AEA Technology
Sustainable Consumption and Production              
Sustainable Development              
Fields of Study
Sustainable Consumption and Production