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Chemical industry key enabler for future EU transport sector

Brussels, 20 July 2016 - The European Commission today published its strategy to decarbonise the EU transport sector. Cefic has welcomed it as offering important potential for new innovation and markets for the EU chemical industry as we develop low carbon technology solutions.

New Commission study shows high regulatory costs for EU chemical industry

Brussels, 14 July 2016 - A new Commission study on the total cost of EU legislation for Europe's chemical companies shows a doubling of costs between 2004 and 2014, amounting to about 10 billion euro per year.

Cefic names Aaron McLoughlin as new Public Affairs Executive Director

Brussels, 1 July 2016 - Aaron McLoughlin has just been announced as the new Executive Director of Public Affairs for Cefic, the European Chemical Industry Council. As of 1 August, he joins Cefic on secondment from FleishmanHillard, where he is Senior Vice President and Senior Adviser in its environment and chemicals practice, advising top EU firms and NGOs on their work with the EU institutions...


Key EU policy issues for our industry

Emissions Trading Scheme |ETS|

[11.07.2016] Download Commission study on cost pass-through in EU ETS lacks strong econometric evidence 

Endocrine Disruption

EU chemical, crop protection and plastics industries react to European Commission Proposal for Endocrine Disruptor Criteria

Trade Secrets & Intellectual Property

European Institutions adopt EU Trade Secrets Directive.

Waste Management

Moving from a waste-oriented to a resource-oriented legislative framework - Cefic position paper on the revision of the Waste Framework Directive

Energy Efficiency Directive |EED|

View Cefic's responses to EC Consultations on the "Review of Directive 2012/27/EU on Energy Efficiency" and on the "Preparation of the New Renewable Energy Directive."

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 Pacakge 2.2 ready for download (30.06.2016)

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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