EU PFAS ban would have ‘serious consequences’ for hydrogen industry

The proposed restriction of around 10,000 per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) in Europe would have “very serious consequences” for the whole clean hydrogen and sustainability industry, H2 View has been told.

Under the EU’s Chemical Strategy for sustainability (2020), plans are being explored to prohibit the use of 7,000 to 12,000 substances, including PFAS, allowing for their use only where “they are essential for society.”

Known as ‘forever chemicals’, some forms of PFAS can take over 1,000 years to degrade  and have been linked to health conditions – prompting attempts to see their phase out or banning.

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