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Solvent emissions

​Information on solvent emission regulations.

If your business uses solvents, you may need to comply with regulations to reduce emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

VOCs are used in a range of industrial processes to dissolve materials and as cleaning agents. They are also found in products such as paints, adhesives and inks.

Many VOCs can harm your health. They can also undergo chemical reactions and form pollutants such as ground-level ozone.

Solvent emissions regulations of 2002

These regulations aim to reduce the amount of VOCs released into the environment by approximately 50 per cent by 2010. They also limit the use of certain particularly harmful VOCs. The regulations apply to particular businesses, such as coating processes and dry cleaners. Please go to the DEFRA webpages to find out if your business is affected and if so, what you must do. You can also contact us for more information.​

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