Several experts and commercial representatives gathered in Tunis to exchange experiences and recommendations regarding the opportunities and challenges to promote sustainable alternatives to lead-based paint in Tunisia. The initiative has been implemented within the policy component of the EU funded programme SwitchMed.
The event started by a project introduction carried out by Kimberley De Miguel Wardle, project manager in SCP/RAC presented the project who gave, later, the floor to other participants. In turn, attendants in the conferences presented practices in SCP and discussed alternatives to lead in industrial paint, as well as strategies to introduce alternatives safely and efficiently. IPEN’s scientific consultant Sara Brosché presented IPEN’s technical guidelines for replacing lead-containing anti-corrosives in paint.
The audience pointed the need to move towards stricter controls and legislation, particularly those enforced by the government and imposed by the industry association. The exchanges brought to light also the need for further cooperation between different government branches, industry leaders, and research centers.