Chemistry is all around us, sometimes in ways we might not be aware of. Chemicals are part of many everyday objects we use – from household appliances like dishwashers and washing machines, to packaging, electronic devices, and stoppers for medicine bottles.
Electric vehicles (EVs) provide a great example of the wide-ranging role chemistry plays in our lives, with multiple chemical products coming together to create an EV. They’re also at the heart of a fast-growing market. In 2021, 6.6 million EVs were sold worldwide – more than twice the number sold in 2020.
ExxonMobil has a long history of innovation and today we’re applying this expertise to developing products that help deliver long-lasting, high-performing EVs. Discover the ExxonMobil products used to make EV components – from plasticizers, tackifiers and butyl rubber to gearbox and specialist thermal management fluids:
Regulating the European chemicals sector
Chemical regulation is aligned with industry’s commitment to Responsible Care. In the EU and the UK, chemicals are regulated by two similar frameworks, called REACH, the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals regulation (UK REACH in the UK). EU REACH has been in force since 2008.
REACH requires businesses that produce chemical substances within (or import them into) the EU to “identify and manage the risks linked to the substances they manufacture and market” and to show how they can be used safely. The regulations also apply to downstream users who handle chemical substances in their operations.
“The goal of REACH is to provide a greater level of protection for people and the environment by ensuring that proper information on the handling, storage and use of chemicals – together with risk management measures, if appropriate – are readily available,” explains Patrice Szczygiel, REACH manager. .
ExxonMobil has created a dedicated REACH integration team to ensure compliance with the legislation and coordinate related activities across the business.
REACH is reviewed every five years to monitor its progress and impact. A review is taking place in 2022, with a revision proposal to be presented by the European Commission by the end of the year. ExxonMobil supports this revision process and we have set aside resources to ensure our continued ability to comply with REACH and respond to any new requirements.
“ExxonMobil participates actively in REACH to drive the implementation of the regulations. We also work with trade associations to ensure a continued dialogue on future developments,” Patrice Szczygiel says.