EU’s ‘Green Deal’ must take into account health concerns over mineral wool

The European Commission’s ambitious European Green Deal aims to address the twin challenge of energy efficiency and affordability and states that the European Union and the member states should engage in a ‘Renovation Wave’ of public and private buildings. This policy enjoys broad support and the renovation wave has also become a key element of…

Will the European Parliament ignore concerns about the environmental and health impact of mineral wool?

The European Green Deal is a major focus in the European Parliament this year and it involves a ‘Renovation Wave’ to ensure that buildings within the European Union are sustainable and energy efficient. Back in March, the Commission outlined in its new Circular Economy Action Plan that the Renovation Wave would lead to significant improvements in energy…

Denmark gets tough on mineral wool health risks

Denmark’s Minister of Employment, Peter Hummelgaard The Danish government has announced that a way forward has been found on regulating the demolition and installation of Man-Made Vitreous Fibres (MMVF), more commonly known as mineral wool. The material is a building insulation material that has been the subject of longstanding health concerns, including fears over a possible increased…

COVID-19 lockdowns may reduce outdoor air pollution but what about the indoor pollution threat?

Many European capital cities are reporting reduced air pollution due to the COVID-19 pandemic meaning traffic greatly reduced as many Europeans are staying at home due to national measures to limit the spread of the virus. However, the easing of air pollution caused by the pandemic goes against the general trend. Just before the “lockdowns”, the European…

MMVF: awareness raising and adequate labelling needed

Health experts have thrown their weight behind calls for awareness-raising programmes and better product labelling for potentially hazardous material. The experts, meeting in Brussels for a high-level conference on lung cancer, highlight the “usefulness” of such campaigning in order to make the public better informed. Medical oncologist Ioannis Boukovinas, President of Hellenic Society of Medical…

European Parliament debate calls for action on possible mineral wool health risks

The European Parliament was the venue last week for a roundtable discussion highlighting the potential health risks of mineral wool, or Man-made Vitreous Fibres (MMVF) as it is also known. Mineral wool is a type of thermal insulation made from rocks and minerals. After asbestos was banned in most countries in the 1990s, the de facto replacement…

MRR report finds demand for mineral wool market impacted by lung disease effect of inhalation

By Eli Hadzhieva,Guest Contributor A report released by Market Research Reports (MRR) has concluded that “the fact that slivers of mineral wool when inhaled can cause lung disease affects the demand for the overall mineral wool market”.  The report also focused on the need for precautions to be taken when installing the material. The MRR…

Fire is not the only fear with construction material safety

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Fire Safe Europe, accompanied by Smurfs characters, were inside the European Parliament this week to launch a campaign with  Vladimir Manka MEP (ASD from Slovakia), writes James Wilson.  The Campaign organisation, which has Rockwool and Knauf among its founders, called for EU election candidates to sign a pledge to work to improve fire safety during the…