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The EU chemical industry regains confidence following the overall economic recovery

Brussels, 7 December 2017 -  Cefic, the European Chemical Industry Council, is expecting a solid 3% growth of chemical output in the EU in 2017, driven by a growing demand from customer industries. A slight deceleration to around 2% is forecast for 2018.

Chemical industry CEOs reaffirm strong commitment to EU Research & Innovation funding programmes

Brussels, 23 November 2017 --  CEOs of 28 leading companies this week signed a statement reaffirming their strong commitment to EU research and innovation (R&I) funding programmes. The statement was handed over to the European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas, by BusinessEurope President Emma Marcegaglia and Director General Markus J. Beyrer. It supports the EU...

Cefic joins the Stakeholder Bioeconomy Manifesto to advance EU bioeconomy agenda

Brussels, 16 November 2017 --  Together with 25 other organisations, including trade associations, NGOs, and academia Cefic signed the European Bioeconomy Stakeholders Manifesto in order to accelerate a discussion at the EU and member state level about the development of a world-leading bioeconomy in the EU in the face of mounting global competition. 


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 3.1 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 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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