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Clorosur in fight against Dengue Fever in Brazil: study reveals effectiveness of sodium hypochlorite in eliminating Aedes aegypti larvae

Brazil faces a significant challenge in combating dengue fever, with over 2 million cases registered and nine states declaring a state of emergency. High temperatures and intermittent rains create ideal conditions for the proliferation of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, the transmitters of dengue fever, leading to severe consequences.

In view of this scenario, the Latin American Chlor-Alkali and Derivatives Industry Association (Clorosur) is committed to share information to help combat the spread of dengue fever in Brazil.

One of the measures adopted by the association is the recent update of the Study on the Efficiency of Sodium Hypochlorite in Controlling Aedes aegypti Mosquito Larvae, carried out in 2016 by Clorosur, in partnership with the Nuclear Energy Center in Agriculture of the University of the State of São Paulo (CENA/USP).

With the update, we hope to provide even more comprehensive and up-to-date data on the effectiveness of chlorine in combating the Aedes aegypti mosquito, reinforcing the essential role of chlorine in promoting public health.

According to the technical information in the research, the use of sodium hypochlorite is shown to be effective in treating stagnant water in containers such as plant dishes and drains, as well as in cleaning garbage cans, toilets, water tanks, sink drains, tanks, kitchens and bathrooms. These simple practices help eliminate potential mosquito breeding sites, contributing significantly to controlling the proliferation of dengue fever in the country.

Clorosur reiterates its commitment to making more comprehensive results of the ongoing study available and sharing up-to-date information on the effectiveness of chlorine in protecting public health and controlling dengue fever in Brazil.

WCC shows how water is essential for life on World Water Day

To celebrate today’s World Water Day, the World Chlorine Council (WCC) shows how water is essential for life. The treatment of contaminated water to make it safe is vital for human health and well-being and is a key tool for preventing waterborne disease.

One solution is to disinfect water using chlorine chemistry. ​The use of chlorine chemistry to disinfect drinking water has been called one of the greatest public health advances in history. It is used to make water safe now, and for generations to come! 

Learn more at https://worldchlorine.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Water-for-life.pdf

Euro Chlor launches innovative new videos

In October 2023, Euro Chlor started a new communications campaign to show the benefits of products in the chlor-alkali value chain with a series of videos on all its social media channels So far, videos have been launched on mobile phones and pain relievers, fire protection and ships, aeroplanes and mattresses, bubble bath and cat litter, and toilets and running shoes, with more to follow soon.

Taking ’17’ as inspiration (from chlorine’s position on the chemical Periodic Table of elements), Euro Chlor’s 17 Careers campaign presents 17 real Europeans, whose work is to produce chlor-alkali chemicals. Two new videos have been published recently featuring Klaus Kuhlage, Site Director from Nobian, and Daniel Oliveira, Chemical Process Technician from Bondalti, with more to follow soon.

For more information, contact Euro Chlor Communications Manager, Catherine Potter. Watch the videos on LinkedIn, X (Twitter), Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.  

WCC launches revamped website

At the beginning of 2024, the World Chlorine Council relaunched this website which has been revamped with a more modern design, updated header and navigation, a reworked news and ”did you know” section, and new Resources and Sustainability sections added to the homepage.

Send any comments or feedback to worldchlorinecouncil@gmail.com.

WCC Clorosur Water Forum: Advancing Sustainable Water Practices in Latin America

The WCC Clorosur Water Forum, organized by the World Chlorine Council and Clorosur, brought together 123 participants from 15 countries in Brasilia on the 17th of October 2023. The event focused on sustainable water usage in Latin America. Key themes included environmental responsibility, climate challenges, regulations, investments, and public policies aligned with United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals.

Notable participants included representatives from Brazilian Development Bank, the Ministry of Integration and Regional Development, Inter-American Development Bank, Clorosur, several water and sanitation companies in Latin America and the UN. Catarina de Albuquerque, Sanitation and Water for All Initiative from the UN, emphasized three essential strategies: influencing decision-makers, mutual accountability, and attracting investments to the sector.

The successful WCC Clorosur Water Forum features its role in fostering sustainable water practices and collaboration in Latin America’s water industry. The event’s focus on responsible water management is critical in addressing the region’s water challenges.

Join Us for WCC’s Clorosur Water Forum

The WCC Clorosur Water Forum is an event organized by the World Chlorine Council – WCC and Clorosur – Latin American Chlor-Alkali And Derivatives Industry Association.

The aim of the event is to discuss ways to move forward regarding the sustainable use of water – in the treatment and supply of drinking water and sanitation in Latin America.

The central theme of the Forum will be “Water and Sanitation in Latin America – Pathways to Sustainability” and will address the challenges and solutions to ensure the availability and sustainable management of drinking water and sanitation for all, from the point of view of regulatory authorities, development banks, sanitation companies and technology providers. Learn more and Register Here!

WCC Global Safety Seminar Achieves Success in Johor Bahru

We are thrilled to report that the Global Safety Seminar, organized by the World Chlorine Council (WCC) in collaboration with the Chemical Company of Malaysia (CCM), was an outstanding success! Held in the picturesque city of Johor Bahru, Malaysia, from 13-14 June 2023, this event brought together industry experts, professionals, and organizations from around the world to enhance safety practices in the chlorine production industry.

The highlight of the seminar was the exclusive facility tour at a nearby CCM production site. Attendees had the opportunity to witness cutting-edge practices firsthand as they were guided through the operational processes and safety measures involved in chlorine production. In addition to the enriching knowledge exchange, the Global Safety Seminar fostered exceptional networking opportunities. Professionals from numerous countries gathered to share their experiences, challenges, and successes in the field of chlorine production safety. The event created a platform for collaboration, allowing participants to build valuable connections and broaden their perspectives.

We were honored to welcome representatives from Malaysia, India, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Republic of Korea, United States, Pakistan, and The Netherlands. The diverse representation truly exemplified the collective commitment towards safety in the chlorine production industry.

Moreover, we were delighted to have an official from Malaysia’s Department of Safety and Hazard (DOSH), also known as the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH), present at the seminar. Their presence reinforced the importance of collaboration between regulatory bodies and industry stakeholders to ensure the highest safety standards are met.

The success of this seminar would not have been possible without the dedication and hard work of our Global Safety Team Leader, Robyn Brooks, and the entire organizing committee. Their tireless efforts ensured a seamless experience for all participants, enabling them to focus on gaining knowledge, building connections, and advancing safety practices.

We extend our gratitude to all the attendees, presenters, and sponsors for their contributions to the Global Safety Seminar. Your enthusiasm and commitment to safety have undoubtedly left a lasting impact on the chlorine production industry.

As the WCC, we remain steadfast in our commitment to driving safety excellence. We believe that by sharing knowledge, fostering collaboration, and advocating best practices, we can create a safer future for the entire chlorine production sector.

WCC Highlights Sustainable Development Goals at the United Nations Water Conference

In an effort to underscore its commitment to achieving sustainable development goals, the World Chlorine Council (WCC) made a significant impact at the United Nations Water Conference held at the end of March. Focusing on global water challenges, the WCC emphasized the responsible use of chlorine in water treatment processes to support sustainable development goals.

The United Nations Water Conference serves as a crucial platform for experts, policymakers, and stakeholders from around the world to collaborate and develop effective strategies for water preservation and accessibility. The conference facilitates the exchange of knowledge, best practices, and technologies related to water management.

With its prominent role in the chlorine industry, the WCC participated in the conference to emphasize the pivotal role of chlorine in maintaining clean and safe water supplies. The council highlighted the significance of chlorine-based disinfection techniques in preventing waterborne diseases and improving public health, aligning with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

During the conference, the WCC unveiled a series of resources aimed at promoting sustainable water practices while addressing the SDGs and how they are specifically related to chlorine chemistry.

The WCC’s active participation in the United Nations Water Conference received widespread appreciation, with attendees commending the council’s efforts to prioritize sustainability and align with the SDGs. The conference facilitated valuable knowledge exchange and identified potential collaborations between the WCC and other organizations dedicated to water conservation and sustainable development.

As global concerns over water scarcity and pollution continue to escalate, the WCC’s dedication to sustainable water practices and chlorine’s crucial role in ensuring safe water supplies positions the organization as a key contributor to the global water agenda and the SDGs. The council’s initiatives showcased at the conference demonstrate a proactive step towards addressing pressing water challenges and working towards a more sustainable future in line with the SDGs.

Join the World Chlorine Council’s Global Safety Team Seminar in Johor Bahru, Malaysia

Are you passionate about safety in the chlorine production industry? Do you want to enhance your knowledge and share experiences with industry experts from around the world? Look no further! The World Chlorine Council (WCC), in collaboration with the Chemical Company of Malaysia (CCM), is thrilled to invite you to the highly anticipated Global Safety Team Seminar, taking place in beautiful Johor Bahru, Malaysia.

Scheduled for June 13, 2023, this in-person seminar promises to be an information-packed event, featuring engaging discussions and presentations on crucial safety topics. Gain insights into accidental mixing, process safety, employee engagement and training, and lessons learned from incidents. Join us as we strive to create a safer future for the chlorine production sector.

One of the highlights of this seminar is an exclusive facility tour at a nearby CCM production site. Experience firsthand the cutting-edge practices implemented by CCM, as experts guide you through the operational processes and safety measures involved in chlorine production. Witness the industry’s best practices and engage directly with professionals who are shaping the future of safety.

The event kicks off on Tuesday, June 13, with the Global Safety Team Seminar running from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Immerse yourself in a day of valuable discussions led by esteemed industry leaders, providing you with practical insights and strategies to enhance safety within your organization. Following the seminar, a reception will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., offering a perfect networking opportunity to connect with like-minded professionals.

On Wednesday, June 14, don’t miss the chance to embark on an eye-opening facility tour starting at 7:30 a.m. Witness firsthand the operational excellence demonstrated by CCM, and gain a comprehensive understanding of the safety measures employed in the production of chlorine. This immersive experience will inspire you to raise the bar for safety practices within your own organization.

To ensure a seamless experience for all participants, the seminar fee is set at $100 USD, which includes refreshments and some meals. We encourage early registration to secure your spot, as the fee will increase to $100 USD plus an additional $20 USD for registrations made after June 2, 2023. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to connect with industry professionals and expand your knowledge in a picturesque setting.

If you require an invitation letter for visa purposes, simply reach out to our Global Safety Team Leader, Robyn Brooks, who will provide you with all the necessary information and instructions. We are here to support you every step of the way to ensure your attendance at this event is hassle-free.

Registration for this unparalleled event closes on June 8, 2023. Secure your spot now and be a part of the World Chlorine Council’s commitment to driving safety excellence in the global chlorine production industry.

Join us in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, for the Global Safety Team Seminar. Together, let’s create a safer future for the chlorine production sector!

The Brazilian chlor-alkali industry endeavors to establish targets in relation to the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The SDGs are a global agenda adopted during the UNs Summit on Sustainable Development in September 2015 and play an important role in the establishment and strengthening of the culture of environmental and social sustainability in governments, companies, and society. Consisting of 17 goals, many of which can be positively impacted by chlorine chemistry.

Chlorine and its derivatives are the world’s main public health agents, being major allies in the treatment process of water abstraction and sewage for their ability to eliminate pathogens, ensuring proper disinfection and quality of water for consumption and for the correct disposal in nature, as determined by SDG 6 – Drinking Water and Sanitation, which is designed to ensure the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all, which are fundamental for improving hygiene conditions and reducing diseases.

The main sectoral entity in Brazil, the Brazilian Association of the Alkali, Chlorine, and Derivatives Industry (Abiclor), formalized this commitment in 2021 by signing the Letter of Intent regarding the SDG Program – with the State of São Paulo’s Environmental Company. The sector has been working to establish objectives in relation to reducing the environmental impacts resulting from the production processes and services provided by the member companies. The chlor-alkali chain is committed to ensuring production and consumption patterns that help with the decarbonization of the economy and in the fight against global warming.

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