|Published online: April 10, 2014||$US5.00|
This study examines the EU chemical management regimes with a focus on the treatment of uncertainty. Using current discourses on utopian thought, it criticizes existing practices but also discusses alternative approaches to chemicals management.
In addition to highly discussed management options under condition of uncertainty (such as precautionary, adaptive management and so on), we argue that the management of chemicals might also benefit from introducing “sufficiency” into production.
In a more general sense it means a shift in seeing quality of life as based on a sufficiency of chemicals and not on an abundance of them. The article concludes that although these ideas regarding chemicals management might be very problematic, more integrated and holistic visions of future chemicals and also environmental policies might emerge from consideration utopian thinking in different branches of current economic system.
|Keywords:||uncertainty, REACH, environment, de-growth, utopian thoughts|
The International Journal of Sustainability Policy and Practice, Volume 9, Issue 3, April 2014, pp.47-56. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: April 10, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 370.867KB)).
PhD Student, Life Science Department, Sodertorn University, Stockholm, Sverige, Sweden
Senior Lecturer, Water and Environmental Studies, Linköping University, Sweden