China China releases “Environmental protection comprehensive list (2021 version)”

Including VOC and PFOA related products

On November 2, 2021, the Ministry of Ecology and Environment of China released the “Environmental protection comprehensive list (2021 version)”. The list is used as the basis for the government to formulate and implement various regulations and plans, such as making the “Dangerous chemical list”, implementing the trade restriction on products, making tax policies and etc. The outline of the latest version is as follows.

Overall composition

  • High pollution and high environmental risk products: 932 types.
  • Excluded technologies of the above “high pollution and high environmental risk products”: 159 types.
  • Key equipment for environmental protection: 79 types.

VOC related additions

“Plastic printing products for packaging and decoration” is added into the list of “high pollution” products.

The explanation of the excluded technology of the above products is as follows.

Name

Pollutant emission

Identification characteristics

Use ink that meets requirements of the “Limits of volatile organic compounds in printing ink” to print and use solvent-free compounding/ water-based adhesive compounding/extrusion compounding production process When using water-based ink for printing, the emission standard for VOC is 0.1~0.3 t VOC/t ink; when using energy curing ink or vegetable oil based offset ink for printing, the emission standard for VOC is 0.05~0.1 t VOC/t ink; during the process of solvent-free compounding, water-based adhesive compounding, extrusion compounding and film laminating, the emission standard for VOC is less than 0.01 t VOC/t adhesive. Using the low volatility ink such as water-based ink, offset printing ink, energy curing ink, and engraving gravure ink, which can meet the requirements of national standards. And using solvent-free compounding, water-based adhesive compounding, and extrusion compounding technologies.

PFOA related information

The following PFOA related products are also listed in the list as “high pollution and high environmental risk products” (no change from the 2017 version).

  • Fluororesin coating for non-stick pan with PFOA as auxiliary.
  • Fluororesin coating for anti-stick kitchen utensils with PFOA as auxiliary.
  • Fluororesin coating for anti-stick food machinery with PFOA as auxiliary.

 

For the original text of the above list, please refer to the following URL (in simplified Chinese).
https://www.mee.gov.cn/xxgk2018/xxgk/xxgk06/202111/t20211102_958837.html