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EU inventory of all plastic additives will further improve safety of chemicals


21 February 2019, Brussels.  – The comprehensive inventory of all plastic additives used to date in the EU, published today by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), is an important step towards better risk assessment of these substances under REACH and CLP. Cefic and its members worked alongside ECHA, the plastics value chain represented by PlasticsEurope…

ICCA and UN Environment running joint projects


Brussels, 14th February 2019 – As part of its commitment to SAICM (Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management), ICCA (the International Council of Chemical Associations) and UN Environment signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to advance sound chemicals management and developing effective chemical management around the world. ICCA, its member associations and member companies are currently…

Helping to improve chemicals management in Africa


Brussels, 14th February 2019  – “The Globally Harmonised System (GHS) for the classification and labelling of chemicals should be implemented as a basic management requirement in countries producing and using chemicals. The global chemical industry is ready to help both local government and industries with available tools it developed, relying on Responsible Care* and product stewardship”,…

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Europe is the second largest chemicals producer in the world


A pillar of the European economy

With 15.6%, the EU chemical industry ranks second, along with the United States (13.4%), in total sales. Worldwide competition has changed significantly over the last ten years, as China now holds the top ranking in sales – a position once firmly held by Europe.

Responsible Care is in the Chemical industry's DNA


Responsible Care

Launched in 1985, Responsible Care activity has since extended beyond chemicals manufacturing to other activities, especially those associated with the safe use and handling of products along the value chain.

Designing products that never go to waste


A Solution provider for Sustainability

The chemical industry is constantly developing solutions to re-enter end-of-life products back into the cycle or re-design products so they can easily be recycled. Check out the joint venture launching a fully recyclable alternative to carpets.

Designing with energy efficiency in mind


A Solution Provider For Sustainability

One of the key challenges in designing energy efficient buildings is to keep a constant temperature throughout the year, irrespective of whether it is cold or warm outside. Achitects can now make use of “cool roofs” that alleviate our need for air conditioning.

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Solutions for a well-functioning, fair and effective EU Emissions Trading System

Cefic Manifesto for a competitive Europe

Innovation can impact the European Strategy for Plastics

Circular economy

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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.

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