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SB11 - CAL EPA - Leonard Robinson

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SB11 - CAL EPA - Leonard Robinson

  1. 1. Green Chemistry: The Move To A Cradle To Cradle Society Leonard E. Robinson
  2. 3. California Green Chemistry Initiative <ul><li>California is a leader in innovation, use, and manufacture of safer, ever more environmentally benign chemicals and products. </li></ul>
  3. 4. Green Chemistry: Two New Laws <ul><li>AB 1879 (Feuer): Framework to respond to chemicals of concern and to assess alternatives </li></ul><ul><li>SB 509 (Simitian): Increase information about toxicity for chemicals via an online portal </li></ul>
  4. 5. What is Green Chemistry? <ul><li>Cradle to Cradle </li></ul><ul><li>New approach to environmental protection </li></ul><ul><li>Benign by Design </li></ul><ul><li>Making products & processes safe from the design stage </li></ul>
  5. 6. Opportunity <ul><li>Shape global debate on chemicals and products </li></ul><ul><li>Restore California ’s leadership in innovation and economic growth </li></ul><ul><li>Grow share of multi-trillion dollar global chemical and consumer products market </li></ul>
  6. 7. Increase CA Share of $635 billion US Chemicals Market LAO (2006): California Exports CA Chemicals = Only $7.2 billion
  7. 8. Global Chemical Production University of California, Berkeley Doubles every 5 years
  8. 9. Green Venture Capital Investment HOW PUBLIC POLICY HAS STIMULATED PRIVATE INVESTMENT James Stack, Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley John Balbach, Cleantech Venture Network Bob Epstein, and Teryn Hanggi. May 2006.
  9. 10. <ul><ul><li>Toxics in consumer products </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Information lacking for businesses and consumers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Existing cradle-to-grave framework is inadequate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Little control to influence design of products made overseas </li></ul></ul>The Challenges
  10. 11. Childhood Toxics Exposure from Products
  11. 12. Public Health Impacts GROWING UP TOXIC Chemical Exposures and Increases in Developmental Disease Travis Madsen, Yana Kucher and Teri Olle ENVIRONMENT CALIFORNIA RESEARCH AND POLICY CENTER June 2004 Autism Prostate Cancer Cryptorchidism Breast Cancer Sperm Density
  12. 13. Reduce Long-Term Waste Management Cost by Taxpayer $$ Collected $ $$ Needed $ $157 million $1.2 billion
  13. 14. Two million plastic beverage bottles discarded every five seconds in U.S. Only 3% of plastic is recycled
  14. 15. 426,000 cell phones discarded each day in U.S.
  15. 16. 60,000 plastic bags used every 5 seconds in U.S .
  16. 17. Chemical-by-Chemical Bans – A piecemeal approach <ul><li>Ban on lead in jewelry </li></ul><ul><li>Ban on toxics in packaging </li></ul><ul><li>Ban on mercury in certain devices </li></ul><ul><li>RoHS ban on covered electronics Approach is not comprehensive and authority not specific </li></ul>
  17. 18. Three Strategies <ul><li>Build Capacity </li></ul><ul><li>Increase Infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>Create Tools for Better Decisions </li></ul>
  18. 19. Six Policy Recommendations <ul><li>Expand Pollution Prevention </li></ul><ul><li>Develop Green Chemistry Workforce, Education, Research and Tech Transfer </li></ul><ul><li>Create an Online Product Ingredient Network </li></ul><ul><li>Create an Online Toxics Clearinghouse </li></ul><ul><li>Accelerate the Quest for Safer Products </li></ul><ul><li>Move Toward a Cradle-to-Cradle Economy </li></ul>
  19. 20. Sample Environmental Footprint
  20. 21. Know Your Product ’s Footprint Environmental Footprint for a Timberland Shoe