The standards include methodologies and limits for VOCs and other harmful substances in:
Interior floor coatings – GB 38468-2019
Marine coatings – GB 38469-2019
Woodcare coatings – GB 18581-2020
Architectural wall coatings – GB 18582-2020
Vehicle coatings – GB 24409-2020
Industrial protective coatings – GB 30981-2020
Adhesives – GB 33372-2020
Printing ink – GB 38507-2020
Cleaning agents – GB 38508-2020
The standards form part of the response to the release by the State Council of the Peoples Republic of China (PRC) of a Three-year Plan to Win the Battle for a Blue Sky. Issued in 2018, this seeks to improve air quality by implementing VOC remediation plans for various key VOC emitting industries petrochemical, chemical, industrial coatings, packaging, printing, etc. By banning the production and use of high VOC content solvent-based coatings, inks and adhesives, the aim is to reduce total VOC emission by over 10% in 2020 (compared to 2015).
A plan to achieve this 2020 Volatile Organic Compounds Management Plan was announced by the Ministry of Ecology and Environment of the PRC (MEE) in June 2020. The implementation of these nine standards is part of this initiative.
The standards will come into effect on various dates in 2020 and 2021:
GB 38468-2019 July 1, 2020
GB 38469-2019 July 1, 2020
GB 18581-2020 December 1, 2020
GB 18582-2020 December 1, 2020
GB 24409-2020 December 1, 2020
GB 30981-2020 December 1, 2020
GB 33372-2020 December 1, 2020
GB 38507-2020 April 1, 2021
GB 38508-2020 December 1, 2020
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