Four brand new categories for the European Responsible Care® Awards 2021 – Apply Now!

Applications for the Responsible Care Awards 2021 are now open! We are pleased to introduce four brand new categories which showcase the European chemical industry’s outstanding and innovative work towards safe chemicals management and performance excellence.   Following the “Caring in COVID-19 times” awards programme launched in 2020, this year, we will continue to show the industry’s commitment to support health during the pandemic, while also recognising projects that support…

Providing the tools to measure the success of the EU Green Deal

“Transitioning towards a Circular Economy is a common objective for all of us. Being able to measure it is an absolute necessity” said Ann Dierckx, Cefic’s Sustainability Director at the Circular Transition Indicator Workshop, organised jointly with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) on 22 March 2021.  “The only way this can happen,…

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Entries for the Responsible Care Awards are now open

Responsible Care

Apply now for the European Responsible Care Awards to show how your organisation is contributing towards achieving climate-neutrality, circularity, while supporting during the pandemic, by caring for the mental health of company employees or accelerating the production of medical devices.

Facts and Figures of the European Chemical Industry

A Pillar of the European Economy

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

A Pillar of the European Economy

The 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.

Latest position papers

Cefic views on the EU Taxonomy and transition financing

Cefic position paper: Cefic ideas for an updated EU Industrial Strategy

Cefic Position Paper – Methane emissions in the chemical industry

Cefic’s views on the interplay between REACH & OSH legislation

Cefic Response to the Consultation on the First Taxonomy Delegated Act

Cefic position paper on Chemical Strategy for Sustainability

Cefic views on EU Strategic Framework on Health and Safety at Work 2021-2027

Cefic views on the Commission’s legislative proposal to amend the Aarhus Regulation

Cefic position on 2030 target plans

Cefic position on Hydrogen

Cefic Position Paper on Chemical Recycling

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The voice of the chemical industry in Europe

Cefic is a not-for-profit making organisation, striving to be the most respected and trusted business association in Europe under EU transparency register n° 64879142323-9. It is devoted to promoting a thriving chemical industry that is broadly recognized to provide sustainable, safe and resource efficient solutions, foster prosperity, growth and investments in Europe and provide safe and resource efficient solutions to meet the challenges for future generations.