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Positive growth continues in 2018 for EU chemicals sector

Brussels, 20th April 2018 -  The EU chemicals sector is continuing to post positive growth in 2018, with chemicals output up 2.6% in the first two months of the year. Chemicals prices surged 3.0% during the same period. Chemicals consumption went up significantly in 2017, as did chemicals imports and exports.

Cefic’s Landscape of the European chemical industry website updated

Brussels, 11 April 2018 -  Cefic has updated its Landscape of the European chemical industry website. ‘ The landscape’ gives an overview of the status of the full chemical industry in Europe, and in Member States separately with the most recent data and information. The Cefic’s Landscape shows the chemical industry is one of the largest EU industrial sectors and a leading source of direct and...

Cefic presents energy award to young MEP

Brussels, 22 March 2018 - Attending the 2018 MEP Awards, organised by the Parliament Magazine on March 21, Cefic Director General Marco Mensink presented the Energy Award to Danish MEP Morten Helveg Petersen. A 52-year-old Danish national, Morten Helveg Petersen is the ALDE Vice Chair of the Committee for Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE), and an active member of the Committee, having acted ...


Key EU policy issues for our industry

Mid-Century Strategy

Cefic started to develop a European Chemical Industry Mid-Century Strategy aiming at  highlighting the opportunities of our industry to deliver solutions in the context of a sustainable, digital, low-carbon and safety-conscious European society, and the conditions under which we can achieve this immense transformation.


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. 

REACH 2018 Countdown : 78 days before the deadline

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 2017 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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