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OECD Environmental Performance Reviews: Austria 2013

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This report is the third OECD review of Austria’s environmental performance. The report evaluates Austria's progress towards sustainable development and green growth, with a focus on chemicals management and climate change adaptation.

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Chemicals management

Austria has adopted a proactive approach to chemicals policy, both domestically and within the EU. This chapter examines Austria’s policy and institutional framework for managing the risks associated with chemicals. It assesses the measures taken to implement the EU chemicals legislation, in particular the Regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH). The chapter provides an overview of the occurrence of some hazardous substance categories in human bodies and the environment, based on a range of monitoring programmes. Finally, Austria’s endeavours to promote “green chemistry” and chemicals leasing are discussed.

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