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How the European chemical industry could become carbon neutral by 2050

Brussels, 19 July 2017 – The chemical industry’s ambition is to play a leading role in the transformation of the European economy to a low-carbon and circular one by creating innovative climate and energy friendly solutions for its own processes and for many other industries through chemical products. A new report Low carbon energy and feedstock for the European chemical industry released today...

Cefic presents Estonian presidency and MEPs with joint declaration on industrial strategy

Brussels, 13 July 2017 --  On July 5 th  the European Parliament adopted a Resolution forcefully demanding that the European Commission develop a cohesive industrial policy strategy promoting re-industrialisation by the beginning of 2018. Cefic was part of an industry delegation that handed over to the new Estonian Presidency and ITRE MEPs, on July 11 th , the  joint declaration  by 130 industr...

EU chemicals industry on a promising trend

Brussels, 13 July 2017 --  The EU chemicals industry is currently experiencing a promising trend, according to the latest Cefic Chemicals Trends Report. Production in the sector grew 2.4% through April 2017, reaching its highest level in eight years.  Producer prices are above the previous year’s level for the first time in four years.  And total sales, too, saw a positive development, climbing...


Key EU policy issues for our industry

Energy & Climate Change

Europe’s chemical industry welcomes the Clean Energy Package proposal from the European Commission in its ambitions to reform and harmonise energy markets in Europe and to pioneer the low-carbon economy for the benefit of all its citizens.

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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