What goes around, comes around

Architect William McDonough explains how far-sighted design can help create a circular economy For decades, American architect William McDonough has been arguing for a circular economy, where products, and even buildings, are designed to be dismantled and reused when they’ve fulfilled their original purpose. Now a central pillar of the EU’s sustainability strategy, the idea…

How can EU competition law accelerate industrial green transition?

Speaking at Politico Europe’s Competitive Europe Summit, Cefic Director General Marco Mensink highlighted the role of innovation in increasing the speed of industrial transformation.  “It is by competing that our industry moves forward. That’s the way our companies innovate. No one likes hurdles in the market that shouldn’t be there, like competitors not complying with the rules.”  Marco stressed that companies are…

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Facts and Figures of the European Chemical Industry

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With over 1.2 million workers, €543 billion turnover and €9.3 billion R&I investments, the European chemical industry is a wealth generating sector of the economy and a major contributor to building a sustainable future for Europe.

The Landscape Of The European Chemical Industry

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To help those keen to acquire an accurate picture of the industry, what it does, where, and why. We have produced the "Landscape of the European Chemical Industry", providing a regional overview and country-by-country snapshots, the challenges it faces and our ambitions for the future. The forces that shape its locations, challenges and solutions are as complex as many of its formulas.

ChemistryCan deliver on the Green Deal


The chemical industry develops materials and technologies that can boost your home’s energy efficiency, make 100% recyclable products, build more efficient wind turbines , help preserve wild fish in oceans?.

Chemical Recycling: Making Plastics Circular


With chemical recycling technologies, the industry has developed complementary solutions to existing mechanical recycling to recycle mixed or contaminated plastic waste that otherwise would be incinerated or sent to landfill.

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