Dutch national environmental policy strategy (NMP): Implications throughout the life cycle of treated timber and for the Dutch preservation industry
P Esser, D A Lewis, A J Pendlebury
All overview of relevant environmental legislation and instruments for control is given for each stage of the life cycle of treated timber. Recent policy in the Netherlands has been focused around the "National Environmental Policy Strategy", in which a general policy with regard to reduction of pollution to the air, soil and water is described. The principle is one of an "Integrated Chain of Control" and reduction of emissions at the source of pollution. This means all aspects of pollution should be inventorised throughout the life cycle of a product, from source and manufacture to the waste stage. For treated timber this life cycle is: the wood preservative, the treatment (impregnation plants, storage), treated timber in service, treated timber as waste. As a country rich in water, in the Netherlands much emphasis is given to the reduction of emissions from treated timber to water, either during storage, or during service life. The reality thet treatment plants in the Netherlands face with regard to regulatory bodies (Waterboards, Municipalities) are highlighted. The response of the Dutch wood preservation industry in complying with existing and possible future regulations is described.
Keywords: DUTCH NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY STRATEGY; LEGISLATION; ENVIRONMENT; EMISSIONS; ENVIRONMENTAL LEGISLATION; INDUSTRY RESPONSE; "INTEGRATED CHAIN CONTROL"; REDUCTION OF EMISSIONS; LCA