MAR-ICE support for chemical emergencies at sea extended by another five years

After 15 years of cooperation, the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) together with the European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) and the Centre for Documentation, Research and Experimentation on Accidental Water Pollution (Cedre) have amended their three-party Cooperation Agreement to extend the MAR-ICE service until the end of 2027, thereby offering continued support in the event…

Cefic Statement on the War in Ukraine

The European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) expresses its solidarity with the people of Ukraine, and our thoughts are with all those affected. This invasion of Ukraine by Russia violates international law, specifically the sovereignty of an independent country. Cefic supports the measures the EU and its member countries have decided on. This war endangers safety,…

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The EU Chemical Industry Transition Pathway is out!

EU Transition Pathway

Our industry thanks the European Commission for co-developing this first-of-a-kind roadmap for an energy-intensive industry like ours, which aims to provide the business case for investing in Europe as well as offering clarity and direction towards achieving European Green Deal goals. We now need the Transition Pathway actions to be implemented, and national Transition Plans developed across EU Member States. Will you be part of our transformation journey?

The chemical journey: the past, the present and the future of chemistry

The chemical journey

Both as a fundamental and as an applied science, chemistry holds the key to improving our lives, sometimes in unexpected ways. To celebrate these powerful discoveries and the scientists behind them, we have embarked on a chemical journey through the past, the present and the future of chemistry.

Economic Analysis of business impacts of the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability

Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability

The upcoming EU chemicals legislation puts Europe’s chemical industry at crucial crossroads. The intended policy changes will also create a significant “ripple effect” across many value chains relying on chemicals. To help inform future policy development, Cefic commissioned an independent economic analysis of business impacts of selected actions proposed under the EU Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability.

Be part of a movement to accelerate chemical innovations!

Future Chemistry Network

Being part of a movement to raise awareness of the latest developments, help promote stronger markets here in the EU for sustainable chemistry, and to accelerate chemical innovations which are safe and sustainable-by-design. Together we can demonstrate Europe’s potential to become a leader in sustainable chemistry.

Facts and Figures of the European Chemical Industry

A Pillar of the European Economy

With over 1.2 million workers, €499 billion turnover and €9.4 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

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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Bio-based plastics | Cefic position

Biodegradable and compostable plastics (BDCP) | Cefic position

Towards an accurate accounting for carbon from biomass in the Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) | Position paper

Trans-European Transport Network1 (TEN-T) guidelines revision (COM (2021) 812) | Cefic position

European’s Commission proposal for an Ecodesign for Sustainable Product Regulation (ESPR) | Cefic position

Upcoming European Commission REPowerEU Proposal I Cefic views

Restoring sustainable carbon cycles | Cefic Position

Cefic views on the revision of the Environmental Crime Directive

Cefic views on the soil health

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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.