The European chemical industry is teaming up for a sustainable Europe. With our partners in the supply chain we deliver innovative solutions to global challenges while preserving resources and the environment. Our products and services play a crucial role in addressing key societal challenges, such as providing water, food and energy to a growing world population.
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Why is sustainability so important for the chemical industry? Listen to former cefic sustainability strategy group chairman Carl Van Camp.
Working towards these goals in a sustainable way implies seeking constantly a balance between the economic, social and environmental pillars of sustainability.
Our sustainability issues
Energy & Climate Change
While the chemical industry is a major energy user, its products help save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Chemistry enables energy-efficient, low-carbon solutions in areas such as insulation for buildings, lightweight materials for transport, and advanced materials for renewable energy generation. Read more
Environment & Health
The chemical industry is committed to advancing sound chemicals management and safe use of chemical substances through voluntary industry initiatives and compliance with global, EU and national regulation. Read more.
In today’s globalised world, regions are competing for skills, companies and investment. A competitive chemical industry operating in Europe provides high-quality jobs and adds value to the European economy and society.
Innovation is crucial to address sustainability challenges. The European chemical industry is already working with EU authorities and other partners to shape a sustainable and innovative future in areas such as resource efficiency, raw materials, water use and smart cities. Read more.
The European Technology Platform for Sustainable Chemistry (SusChem) is one of the platforms that allows the European chemical industry to work with its stakeholders. SusChem addresses challenges specific to the European chemical and industrial biotechnology industry for the benefit of society as a whole. Read more.
||Responsible Care® is the global chemical industry’s initiative to improve health and environmental performance, enhance security, and to communicate with stakeholders, ensuring that operations and products are safe for workers and consumers alike. Read more
||Another global programme, the Global Product Strategy (GPS), provides access to information to downstream producers and customers to help reduce differences in the safety assessment of chemicals between developing, emerging and industrialised countries. Read more.