Product safety is highly regulated worldwide. In Europe, we have created a single system based on international agreements and the Globally Harmonized System (GHS).
First, there is the CLP Regulation, which establishes standards for classifying, labeling, and packaging chemical products. Then there is the REACH Regulation relative to the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemical Substances for improving awareness of the dangers and effects of the chemical products on the market to humans and the environment.
Our information and labeling procedures include providing information on the origin of product components, content of the substance that could have a potential environmental or health impact, information on how to safely use a product, and instructions on how to safely dispose of a product.
We can also deepen our understanding of the potential adverse effects on people and the environment and minimize them through ecodesign processes, a methodology for which we have opted to evaluate some of our products in development phases.
Ecodesign is a methodology which, based on life cycle analysis, evaluates, proposes and prioritizes improvement actions for the purpose of reducing environmental impacts and improving product sustainability, from the generation of its constituent raw materials to the management thereof at the end of their useful life.
The analysis offers a set of internationally recognized metrics increasingly demanded by the governments of the different countries where Repsol operates. Additionally, it offers the opportunity of communicating our achievements to society and differentiating our products from the competition.
Ecodesign allows us to achieve the following challenges:
Ecodesign is one of the lines of work that make up Repsol's Circular Economy Strategy.
With some of the scientific research projects carried out within the sectoral groups, not only do we aim to improve awareness of the potential impact on health or the environment, but also to advance in the development of new non-experimental techniques to learn the dangers of the substances.