List of Priority Substances

Published by the Norwegian Environment Agency Lag rapport Les på norsk

Norway is aiming to reduce emissions of substances that pose a serious threat to health or the environment continuously, with a view to eliminating them completely by 2020. The priority list includes about 30 named substances and groups of substances. In addition, the national target applies to other substances that meet specified criteria. The first version of the priority list was published in 1997, in a white paper on an environmental policy for sustainable development.

Criteria for priority substances

A set of criteria has been drawn up for identifying priority substances. These include substances that are persistent and bioaccumulative, that have serious long-term health effects, or that show high ecotoxicity.

Steps to reduce releases

Releases of many priority substances have been substantially reduced since 1995. Norway has taken action at national level to reduce or eliminate releases of nearly all priority substances. There are also international agreements to phase out or restrict the use of many of these chemicals.

Nevertheless, some priority substances are still in use for certain purposes, and not all sources of pollution have been phased out. In addition, pollutants and waste released in the past can still create problems today. The environmental authorities are therefore continuing efforts to reduce releases of these substances even further.

Priority Substances

Change in emissions 1995-2015 Norwegian legislation and international agreements

  

Arsenic

34% reduction in emissions 1995-2015

Listed on the priority list 2002

 

Benzotriazole UV-stabilizers

(UV-320, UV-327, UV-328 and UV-350)

 

Emission levels unknown 1995-2015

 

Listed on the priority list 2017

  • Lised on the REACH Candidate List

 

  

Bisphenol A

 

Emission levels unknown 1995-2015

 Listed on the priority list 2007

  

Brominated flame retardants

 

 

Emission levels unknown 1995-2015

 Listed on the priority list before 2006

  

Bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP)

 
50% reduction in emissions 1995-2015

 Listed on the priority list 2002

  

Certain surfactants (DTDMAC, DSDMAC, DHTDMAC) 

 

96% reduction in emissions 1995-2015

 Listed on the priority list 1997

  

1,2-Dichloroethane (EDC)

 

 

92% reduction in emissions 1995-2015

 Listed on the priority list 1997

  

Dioxins and furans

 

 

 

75% reduction in emissions 1995-2015

 Listed on the priority list in 1997

  

Cadmium

 

 

 

77% reduction in emissions 1995-2015

 Listed on the priority list 1997

  

Chlorinated alkyl benzenes (CABs)

 

 

Almost 100% reduction in emissions 1995-2015

 Listed on the priority list 1997

  

Chromium

 

 

 

46% reduction in emissions 1995-2015

 Listed on the priority list 1997

 

Dodecylphenol

 

 

Increase in emissions

 

 Listed on the priority list 2007

 

Hexachlorobenzene

 

90% reduction in emissions 1995-2015

 Listed on the priority list 1997

  

Lead

 

90% reduction in emissions 1995-2015

 Listed on the priority list 1997

  

Medium-chain chlorinated paraffins

 

29% reduction in emissions 1995-2015

 

 Listed on the priority list 2002

  

Mercury

 

 

 

 

 

74% reduction in emissions 1995-2015

 Listed on the priority list 1997

  

Musk xylenes

 

 

Almost 100% reduction in emissions 1995-2015

 Listed on the priority list 1997

  

Nonylphenol and its ethoxylates

90% reduction in emissions 1995-2015

Listed on the priority list 1997

  

Octylphenol and its ethoxylates (OP, OPE)

 

90% reduction in emissions 1995-2015

 Listed on the priority list 1997

  

Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)

 

 

 

Emissions relatively stable in recent years

 Listed on the priority list in 1997

  

Pentachlorophenol (PCP)

 

More than 99% reduction in emissions 1995-2015

 Listed on the priority list 1997

  

Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)

 

More than 90% reduction in emissions 1980-2015

 Listed on the priority list 1997

  

PFCA (C9-C14)
Long-chain perfluorinated acids

 
Emission levels unknown 1995-2015

 Listed on the priority list 2014

 

PFHxS and PFHxS-related substances

 

 

Emission levels unknown 1995-2015

 

 Listed on the priority list 2017

 

PFOA

 

 

Emission levels unknown 1995-2015

 

 Listed on the priority list 2007

• Prohibited in consumer products: Product Regulations. Section 2-32
• Substitution: Product Control Act. Section 3A
• REACH: Listed on the Candidate List

 

PFOS and PFOS-related substances 

 

0 tonnes emissions of PFOS in 2015. Emissions from contaminated soil and sediments are not included.

 

Listed on the priority list 2002

  

Short-chain chlorinated paraffins

 

67% reduction in emissions 1995-2015

Listed on the priority list 1997

  

Siloxane-D4

 

Emission levels unknown 1995-2015

 Listed on the priority list 2012

  

Siloxane-D5

 

Emission levels unknown 1995-2015

 Listed on the priority list 2007

 

Tris (2-chloroethyl) phosphate (TCEP)

 

Emission levels unknown 1995-2015

 Listed on the priority list 2012

  

Tetrachloroethene (PER)

 

 

99% reduction in emissions 1995-2015

 Listed on the priority list 1997

  

Organic tin compounds (TBT, TPT, DBT and DOT)

 

 

TBT and TPT: 100% reduction in emissions 1995-2015

DBT and DOT: Emission levels unknown

TBT and TPT: Listed on the priority list 1997
DBT and DOT: Listed on the priority list 2017

  

Trichlorobenzene (TCB)

 

 

81% reduction in emissions 1995-2015

 Listed on the priority list 1997

  

Trichloroethene (TRI)

 

 

Almost 100% reduction in emissions 1995-2015

 Listed on the priority list 1997

  

Triclosan

 

Emission levels unknown 1995-2015

 Listed on the priority list 2008

  

2,4,6 Tri-tert-buthylphenol

 

Emission levels unknown 1995-2015

 Listed on the priority list 2007