Chemical Leasing Toolkit

Rotterdam Convention

The Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade covers pesticides and industrial chemicals that have been banned or severely restricted for health or environmental reasons. The objectives are to:

  • promote shared responsibility and cooperative efforts among parties in the international trade of certain hazardous chemicals in order to protect human health and the environment from potential harm;
  • contribute to the environmentally sound use of those hazardous chemicals, by facilitating information exchange about their characteristics, by providing for a national decision-making process on their import and export and by disseminating these decisions to parties.

Chemical Leasing is also based on close cooperation and networking beyond national borders and builds on information exchange and joint innovation. Chemical Leasing can be used as a business model to find new means of making the use of certain chemicals safer. The recent pilot projects with agricultural chemicals (pesticides and fertilisers) in Sri Lanka and Serbia indicate that the business model can significantly contribute to a reduction of chemicals used.[1]


[1] An overview on the Serbian project was presented by the National Cleaner of Serbia in the local television and is online accessible here  (English subtitles).