Voluntary – implemented by producers and users
Emissions – identify sources of product emissions
Control – develop procedures to better manage chemicals and minimize emissions
Action - dynamic, continuous improvement
Programme – focus on Best Practices
VECAP’s mission is to increase awareness of chemical handling processes throughout the value chain.
VECAP is a tool for:
- Increasing the understanding of chemicals management beyond existing legislation
- Promoting and facilitating an open and constructive dialogue with all interested industries, regulators and stakeholders
- Raising the awareness of all personnel involved in the process, from shop floor to managers
VECAP is an innovative and excellence-driven way of doing business, based on ISO 14001 principles. It demonstrates the commitment of the industries involved to act in the interest of society and the environment while enhancing the competitiveness of local industries. It offers all companies – small, medium or large – equal access to the industry’s expertise in environmental best practices as well as procedures driving continuous improvement and allows benchmarking for other industries to apply similar principles.
"Had VECAP been a regulatory measure, with overall UK emission reductions of 75% in its first year, it would have been hailed as a major success. That it was achieved as an industry voluntary commitment means that this level of environmental protection was attained far faster and with great savings. We look forward to the next year's developments."England and Wales Environment Agency