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31 January 2016
To help Europe meet a +27% energy efficiency 2030 target the Commission has launched a process of reviewing the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) in 2nd half 2016. Kick-starting the process was a public consultation to which Cefic responded at the end of January. As a pioneer in energy efficiency measures over the last decades, the European chemical industry supports a renewed drive by the EU to ensure all sectors should contribute up to their potential and taking in to account efforts already made. Many sectors have substantial potential for improvement e.g. buildings. The EC recognises sectors such as chemicals have already increased energy efficiency close to theoretical limits and contributed to other sectors efficiency gains by enabling energy efficiency solutions through our innovative materials and products. Whilst some potential may still exist in the chemical sector, it will come at higher costs that do not balance the economic reality of high energy prices and international competitiveness. Targeting in particular should focus on non-economic sectors especially where most gains can be made e.g. buildings, where energy is consumed without a value added. Energy used in industrial processes works as an input factor for the production of goods and therefore means a value added for the economy.
16 December 2015
Under the heading "Innovate and Pioneer towards a low carbon future: expect more from Chemistry”, Cefic convened a high-level debate in the very heart of the COP21 premises.
26 November 2015
05 November 2015
This public letter expresses the support of the European chemical industry for the efforts of European governments and Institution to achieve an ambitious and globally-binding agreement in Paris and the transition to a competitive low carbon economy. It also emphasises the role a competitive European chemical industry can play in that transition.
The open Letter, signed by our President, Jean-Pierre Clamadieu and other leaders of the European chemical industry was published in the Financial Times on 5th November 2015
27 October 2015
The EPBD has been effective in promoting energy efficiency in new buildings, but a more concerted effort is required to improve the energy efficiency of existing building stock. The EU must work to ensure longterm investments in energy efficiency in buildings by coming forward with a vision for the whole building stock translated in individual goals and renovation plans
24 August 2015
20 August 2015
24 July 2015
The European chemical industry considers TTIP as an opportunity for better regulatory cooperation. This doesn't mean that current legislation should be harmonised on both sides of the Atlantic: this topic will not be addressed under TTIP. In practice, REACH will NOT be open for discussion and the process of implementation will NOT be slowed down. Mutual recognition as such will not be possible because regulations differ too much.
Our proposal is to achieve scientific cooperation that will ensure data assessment submitted in one region will be similarly accepted for its scientific relevance, so greater compatibility. Also that confidential business information and intellectual property rights will be appropriately considered. As an example, we need to explore where evaluation of risk assessment methods would concur with the aim of simplifying the burden for the authorities and industry. This would avoid duplication of efforts and would increase efficiency.
15 July 2015
09 July 2015
Allow energy intensity to be competitive and grow in Europe
Getting responsible chemicals management recognised throughout the entire supply chain of the chemical industry under a “proportionate framework”
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The 2016 Cefic European Facts & Figures provides an analysis of the latest competitive trends in the European chemical industry.
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The Responsible Care ethic helps chemical companies to operate safely, profitably and with due care.
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