Cefic Sustainable Development Indicators


Cefic’s portfolio of Sustainable Development Indicators (SDIs) will reflect how the European chemical sector is contributing to the transition towards a safe, resource efficient and circular economy within a climate-neutral Europe – the central objectives of the EU Green Deal and critical to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set in the UN Global Agenda 2030.

To reflect the progress made by the sector, the SDIs are organised around the four sustainability focus areas of the Cefic’s Sustainability Charter: Create, Conserve, Connect and Care. Within each of the four areas, key industry activities have been identified.

The list of Sustainable Development Indicators is a first set of indicators mapping the performance related to some of the key industry activities. The set of indicators will be further developed to represent all key industry activities. The complete set of material SDIs will be available in 2023

Disclaimer : The report is made in good faith, however Cefic does not make any representations or warranties as to its accuracy and completeness. No liability will be accepted by Cefic and its members for damages of any nature whatsoever resulting from the interpretation, use or reliance on its contents.

How the chemical sector is leading the transition towards a resource-efficient, climate neutral economy, placing human health forefront

How it all began

The initial work in 2020 began with research into  existing SDIs , and which ones are fit for purpose. This first phase led to a comprehensive set of initial indicators. The majority of identified SDIs are seen as Key Indicators that can drive the transition and a handful as Supporting Indicators that will illustrate the transition.

The SDIs offer comprehensive coverage of sustainability themes including reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving energy efficiency, preventing and minimising waste, the sustainable management of water, design for resource efficiency, increasing the share of alternative feedstocks (for example biomass or CO2), the circularity of processes, operational safety, reducing environmental footprint, sustainable portfolio management, and biodiversity.

Of the SDIs identified the majority have data available that is already collated by Cefic and reported in relevant Cefic communications. For some of the remaining SDIs, aggregated data is currently not available but can be collected. Additional work is required to collect missing data and/or develop a common methodology for assessing the data.

Next steps

Phase 2 of the SDI programme (2020 – 2023) will see the first list refined based on the availability of data and further indicator work.  A pilot reporting project is foreseen in 2022 to collect and collate data on SDIs where data is currently missing at European level.

Cefic Sustainable Development Indicators Driving Progress Towards Green Deal