The European Union is the largest single consumer of goods made from the mineral kerogen and has a huge potential to boost economic activity, especially in the sector of construction equipment.
However, there are also concerns about its environmental impact, with some countries including France and Germany proposing to ban exports of certain types of equipment.
A report by the Brussels-based International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMO) and the German Federation of Engineers (Deutsches Akademie der Technologie für Wirtschaft und Technologien) has warned that there are risks associated with the use of kerogen.
It said that kerogen is not only used in concrete and steel, but also in all other types of construction materials, including steel sheets, reinforced concrete and glass.
The report said that the kerogen-making process used in the EU has not been regulated for many years, with the European Commission having only recently introduced legislation for the kerogenic industry.IAMU and the Deutschen Akademien der Technological für Industrie (DEUT) said the European commission should act immediately to establish a European regulatory framework to regulate the kerogens.
“In the case of the European Kerogen Standard, it is essential that the Commission take the lead in introducing a comprehensive regulatory framework,” the report said.
The IAMU-DEUT report also called on the European Parliament to establish the EU’s own kerogen standard for the industry.””
This framework should also ensure that kerosenes used in certain kinds of construction can only be imported to the EU and that these kerosenses are not made in other countries,” it added.
The IAMU-DEUT report also called on the European Parliament to establish the EU’s own kerogen standard for the industry.
“The European kerogen standards are a good starting point for creating an effective and transparent regulation framework for kerogen manufacturing,” the researchers said.
“However, the EU should establish an industry standard to ensure that all kerosine materials used in construction equipment conform to EU kerogen requirements.”
These standards should also include clear guidance on the environmental impact of kerosines, including for the impact of the use on the environment,” they said.
The European Commission said that it is working on establishing the EU-wide kerogen Standard to ensure standards of safety and environmental impact are being followed in all kerogen products.