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EU chemical industry continues its recovery in 2017

Brussels, 12 October 2017 -  The EU chemical industry is continuing its recovery in 2017. Chemicals confidence remains good. While chemicals output rose during the first seven months of the year, the same period saw chemicals prices surge. Chemicals consumption and sales climbed during the first half of the year, with chemicals exports and imports also up during the first six months.

ITRE Committee puts building renovation centre stage of EPBD

Brussels, 11 October 2017 - “Building envelope” industries welcome the report on the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) revision adopted today by the European Parliament Industry, Research and Energy Committee (ITRE). The report puts building renovation centre stage of the EPBD and proposes a set of policy measures which aim to increase both the rate and depth of building...

Chemical industry welcomes anti-dumping methodology revamp

Brussels, 4 October 2017  - The European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) welcomes yesterday’s agreement reached by the EU institutions on a new anti-dumping methodology during trilogue as part of a wider revamp of the current EU anti-dumping regulation intended to better comply with World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules. In 2016, China challenged that EU regulation which did not conform with...


Key EU policy issues for our industry


The development of a sustainable bioeconomy in Europe is key to unlocking the potential of many well established as well as new economic sectors. Strengthening the European bioeconomy can yield significant results in achieving the key EU policy objectives, such as the climate change mitigation, circular economy, clean energy and creation of new jobs.

Industrial Policy

The chemical industry plays an important role in supporting the European economy and society. It has been recognised as enabler of a sustainable future by the High Level Group on the Competitiveness of the European Chemicals Industry.

Emissions Trading Scheme |ETS|

A clean, competitive economy. The  EU chemical industry will be asking for a dynamic ETS that meets the EU’s emission targets and incentivises efficient, innovative manufacturing without extra carbon costs. 

Industry Support

Advice & guidance to companies


The Sectoral Platform in Chemicals for Energy Effficiency Excellence aims to boost energy efficiency across the European chemical industry, particularly in small- and medium-sized companies.


This service is the one-stop access to funding opportunities from European Commission funding programmes and select regional and national governments to develop sustainable innovative solutions for the chemical industry.

Responsible Care for SMEs

First time validated tools on chemicals management, energy efficiency, occupational health, process safety, transport safety, and other areas, making them freely available for everyone.

Implementing REACH

Cefic has developed a number of guidance documents and tools to support companies in the implementation of REACH as well as to enhance harmonisation of procedure. 

>> ESCom Package Version 3.0 available for download

Transport & Logistics

Ensuring safe transport and handling of its products, with care for the environment and in full accordance with regulations, is of key importance for the image and reputation of the chemical industry.

Regulatory Framework

Getting responsible chemicals management recognised throughout the entire supply chain of the chemical industry under a “proportionate framework”

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Facts and Figures

The 2016 Cefic European Facts & Figures provides an analysis of the latest competitive trends in the European chemical industry.

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Responsible Care

The Responsible Care ethic helps chemical companies to operate safely, profitably and with due care.

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