Cefic Sustainable Development Indicators

How the chemical sector is contributing to and leading the transition towards a resource-efficient and circular economy

The portfolio of Sustainable Development Indicators (SDIs) will reflect how the chemical sector is contributing to and leading the transition towards a resource efficient and circular economy within a climate-neutral Europe – the central objectives of the Green Deal. To do this, the SDIs must report on relevant actions and activities within the chemical sectors and are organized around the four sustainability focus areas of the Charter: Create, Conserve, Connect and Care. 

2020: initial SDI indicators identified

The initial work in 2020 has investigated where appropriate SDIs already exist, and which ones are fit for purpose. From this Phase 1 work, a comprehensive set of initial indicators have been identified. 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.

The four Cefic Charter focus areas and set of SDIs are highly aligned with the ambitions of the Green Deal. 

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 aggregate data is not currently available but can be collected and for the rest work is required to collect missing data and/ or develop a common methodology for assessing the data.

2020-2023: first list refined based data and further indicators

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 from 2022 to collect and collate data on SDIs where data is currently missing at European level.

Cefic Sustainable Development Indicators