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Global Chemical Management

Global Chemical Management: API Supporting SAICM

Why is SAICM Relevant to API?

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) is the main global forum to address chemical management issues. Petroleum and petroleum products—including but not limited to fuels—are chemical products, and many other downstream petrochemical products are derived from them. Furthermore, with recent innovation and growth in oil and gas exploration and production technologies, such as hydraulic fracturing, there is increased focus on chemical use in the petroleum industry. API’s members are important participants in the global chemical supply chain—as producers, refiners, processors, distributors, and users of chemicals.

API and its members are dedicated to continuous efforts to meet chemical management responsibilities while economically developing energy resources and supplying high quality products and services to businesses, consumers, and governments. We recognize our responsibility to work with other industries, the public, government, and nongovernmental organizations to address potential risks that may arise during the lifecycle of our products and in our use of chemicals. Our efforts to manage chemical risks are directly aligned with SAICM’s aim to mobilize resources to enhance the capacity of developing countries to manage chemicals while harmonizing chemical management policies globally.

API supports SAICM’s central aim that chemicals should be manufactured, used, and managed safely at the international level in an efficient and cost-effective manner. API is contributing to the dialogue by developing industry positions on SAICM initiatives, coordinating with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and multinational organizations, and contributing directly to the SAICM process as an important stakeholder in global chemical management.

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