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   Thanks to voluntary action and triggered by EU regulations (RoHS and REACH), the electric and electronic equipment (EEE) industry, including the home appliance industry, has avoided the use of approximately
28 kt of lead since 2006
The amounts of cadmium have also been reduced considerably. Compared to 2006, smaller amounts of lead and cadmium have continued to be used by the home appliance industry due to legal exemptions (RoHS) until their substitution becomes technologically feasible and practicable. Carcinogenic Hexavalent chromium will be completely phased out by the home
appliance industry after 2019 when it is foreseeable that more environmentally- friendly alternatives can replace the 0,75 % by weight in the cooling solution of absorption fridges. For substances of very high concern (SVHC) in REACH, the home appliance industry states that it follows a policy of further phase-outs as soon as substitution becomes technically viable1.
  1European Parliament and Council 2006 2006 “Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2006 concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH): REACh,”.
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