On 9 May 2013, governments from around the world agreed at a meeting in Geneva to add the flame retardant hexabromocyclododecane (“HBCD”) to a list of 22 other substances targeted for global elimination under the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants. HBCD is currently used in polystyrene foam in approximately one third of the EU building insulation market. From August 2015, use of HBCD will be restricted in the EU under REACH.  

The Stockholm Convention website can be accessed via the following link: http://chm.pops.int/Home/tabid/2121/mctl/ViewDetails/EventModID/7595/EventID/ 403/xmid/7598/Default.aspx