Defining essential use of chemicals – what is at stake?

Among the actions announced in the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability published last year, the European Commission intends to introduce further restrictions to chemicals unless their use is “essential” to society. But whose responsibility will it be to decide what is essential and what not? What should be criteria for “essential” and “non-essential” uses? And could…

New EU chemicals industry data reveals green shoots of recovery, but long-term outlook remains uncertain and stronger EU Industrial Policy is needed to enable large-scale Green Deal investments

Brussels, 24 February 2021 –Cefic, the European Chemical Industry Council, reports that chemical production in the European Union declined by 1,9% in 2020 compared to 2019. The chemical industry’s output is expected to grow by 3% in 2021 and 2% in 2022. However, longer-term economic outlook remains highly uncertain due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and…

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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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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.

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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.