26 Initiatives Lead the EU Responsible Care Awards in the “Transition to 2050”

Today, the European Chemical Industry Council, Cefic, announces 26 companies and national associations as the key initiatives featured in the 2023 European Responsible Care Awards Gallery. Following the release of the Transition Pathway earlier this year, this year’s Awards programme has focused on the “Transition to 2050” as the key theme. As our industry embarks on the biggest transformation in its history, this year’s awards recognises our industry’s efforts to go climate neutral, circular, and transition to safe and sustainable chemicals and operations.

“The need to transition is at its most urgent, and the obstacles have never been greater. The initiatives exhibited in this year’s Responsible Care Awards show industry’s united front and the absolute will to transform. Congratulations to all; companies and associations, large and small organisations, from all over Europe.We need leaders like these, paving the way and inspiring others on the journey.”

Marco Mensink – Cefic Director General

The online gallery features the Responsible Care Awards’ most impressive projects; including eight winners and five commendations. The gallery shows the diverse ways industry is contributing to transition; by developing national transition plans, upcycling waste to support a circular economy, using revolutionary methods to advance safe and sustainable chemicals, innovative tools to transform water management of chemicals companies, among others.

Overview of Winners and Commendations

Safe and sustainable operations
– KEM ONE (FR) : “KEM ONE”   
– FranceChimie (FR) : “Developing tools to improve water management performance of chemical companies”

– Akdeniz Chemson Kimya San. Tic. AS (TR): “ACDIS – Behavioral Health and Safety Project” 

Safe and sustainable chemicals
– BASF SE (DE) : “Upgraded TripleS (Sustainable Solutions Steering) as a data driven method to boost innovation on “Safe and sustainable by design” chemicals “
– Evonik Operations GmbH (DE):  “Revolutionizing the world of cleaning with glycolipid biosurfactants”

– Corteva Agriscience (UK): “Inatreq™ Active: A Novel Natural Product Derived Fungicide that is Sustainably Produced and has a Favorable Safety Profile”

Climate neutrality
– Klüber Lubrication München GmbH & Co. KG (DE):  “Climate Protection by Solvent Replacement & Climate Action Plan

– BASF SE (DE): “Steam cracker of the future

– ELKEM ASA (FR) : REPOS – “Innovative depolymerisation technology for silicones“ 

Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises
– ERCA SPA (IT) : “Upcycling critical waste into circular, certified and high performing chemical products for the whole textile industry“
– ECOAT (FR): “The Switcher Offer to accelerate the ecological transition in the Coatings industry“

– Thevinyl AB (SE) : “PVC-compounds for a sustainable future“

Relevant Transition Pathway Projects
– The Association of Chemical Industry of Czech Republic- SCHP (CZ)