Cefic positions


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Joint Statement NGO and industry call on the European Commission to include animal testing in REACH Impact Assessment and to do more to support non-animal methods

Cefic Response to the Consultation on the Taxonomy-Related Disclosures Delegated Act

Cefic view on One Substance One Assessment (OSOA)

Cefic views on the Open Data Platform for chemicals

How to introduce the ‘Essential Uses’ Concept under REACH (Concept Paper)

EU Soil Strategy | Cefic view

Soil and groundwater contamination prevention remains one of the chemical industry’s highest priorities, along with prompt remediation measures in case of accidental spills or long-lasting contamination. The industry applies the latest technologies and procedures to comply with the broad European2 and national legislation frameworks.

Cefic Supports Green Deal and Climate Neutrality

The Green Deal recognises that energy-intensive industries, such as chemicals, are indispensable for Europe’s transition, as solution providers to multiple value chains. Climate neutrality by 2050 means going through a deep transformation within just one or two investment cycles. The EU chemical industry intends to grasp the opportunities arising from the transition to a climate…

Cefic views on grouping of substances

Treatment of GHG emissions under the IED | Cefic position

Review of the Environmental Crime Directive | Cefic views

EU Taxonomy and transition financing | Cefic views

Cefic welcomes European Commission efforts to bring clarity and transparency on environmental sustainability to investors, companies and issuers. The chemical industry strives to continuously improve its production processes, to lower its carbon footprint and to enable further emissions reductions along the various value chains, while pioneering breakthrough and disruptive technologies. The EU Taxonomy must be…

Cefic ideas for an updated EU Industrial Strategy | Cefic position

Cefic welcomed the publication, in March 2020, of the EU Industrial Strategy. One year later, we support an update of the strategy to bring it more in line with the objectives of the EU Green Deal and the aftermath of the Covid crisis.

Methane emissions in the chemical industry | Cefic position

EC request to Cefic: the European Commission’s (EC) energy department (DG ENER) reached out to Cefic in January to get more information on methane emissions in the value chains of the chemical industry. The main idea of Cefic response is to show the EC that methane emissions from refineries and chemical plants represent only a…

Chemical Strategy for Sustainability | Cefic position

Cefic supports the public health and environmental goals of the strategy and shares the vision outlined by the European Commission in the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability.

Cefic Response to the Consultation on the First Taxonomy Delegated Act

Interplay between REACH & OSH legislation | Cefic view

Cefic sees OSH and REACH legislations as complementary to each other in the context of workers protection that must be risk-based and supported by a strong engagement of Social Partners in enhanced Social Dialogs. Cefic also recognises the need for clarification on the interface between these two legislative frameworks to avoid overlapping conclusions to help micro and SMEs assessing their risks and taking the appropriate level of protection for their Workers.

2030 target plans | Cefic position

Cefic position on the Commission proposal to step up Europe’s 2030 climate ambition

Cefic Response to the European Commission call for contributions Competition Policy supporting the Green Deal

EU Strategic Framework on Health and Safety at Work 2021-2027 | Cefic views

Cefic supports the revision of the EU Strategic Framework on Health and Safety at Work for 2021-2027 to promote the higher Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) standards in Europe and elsewhere, to focus on better implementation of OSH acquis, and to ensure a science, data and risk-based policy involving Social Partners.

Commission’s legislative proposal to amend the Aarhus Regulation | Cefic views

Cefic acknowledges the efforts made by the Commission to address concerns raised by the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee while preserving consistency with the EU Treaty system of legal remedies to ensure judicial review of EU acts – but remains concerned as to the consequences of the proposed legislative changes.

Revision of lists of pollutants affecting surface and groundwaters | Cefic views

Cefic supports the revision of lists of pollutants affecting surface and groundwaters based on new scientific developments and on a thorough data collection involving a proper consultation of relevant stakeholders.

EU Action Plan Towards a Zero Pollution Ambition for air, water and soil | Cefic views

Chemical Strategy for Sustainability (CSS) | Discussion paper: Enforcement and enforceability

This paper was developed in the context of a stakeholder dialogue that followed our submission to the EU Commission’s Roadmap consultation on the future Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability. It is meant to trigger an exchange of policy ideas or suggestions to inform the dialogue but does not constitute the agreed position of Cefic or its Members.

Consultation on a renewed trade policy for a stronger Europe | Cefic contribution

Implementation of the harmonised Risk Management Framework (RMF) | Cefic position

Safety in handling and transport of all chemicals is at the heart of the Transport and Logistics activities of Cefic’s members. Through the long-lasting Responsible Care programme, the European chemical industry has adopted a sustainable strategy aiming for “zero accidents” in chemicals logistics based on a coordinated continuous improvement approach.

Human biomonitoring (HBM) | Cefic position

Cefic response to the Inception Impact Assessment on Taxonomy-related disclosures

Cefic supports the objectives of the European Green Deal and EU ambition to become climate neutral by 2050.1 As a sector “indispensable to Europe’s economy”2 and supplier of many key value chains, climate neutrality requires a deep transformation within limited investment cycles.

Potential Aarhus Regulation revision foreseen to broaden rules on Access to Justice | Cefic view

Following the legislative initiative announced in the Commission Roadmap on ‘better access to justice in environmental matters’, Cefic shares its views on the upcoming proposal to revise the Aarhus regulation which may lead to a privileged access to justice by environmental NGOs.

Circular economy action plan | Cefic answer to the Public consultation for Inception impact assessment regarding the upcoming initiative in the area of Consumer policy – strengthening the role of consumers in the green transition

Cefic welcomes the opportunity to provide feedback on the initiative undertaken by the European Commission about a new legislative proposal on strengthening the role of consumers in the green transition in line with Better regulation principles and criteria (effectiveness, efficiency, relevance, coherence, EU-added value).

Chemical Strategy for Sustainability | Cefic’s response to the Roadmap on the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability (CSS)

Cefic calls for a Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability (CSS) that recognises the essential role of chemicals to deliver climate ambitions, ensures a high level of safety and integrates holistically the multiple dimensions of the Green Deal – climate neutrality, materials circularity and resource efficiency – while boosting competitiveness and innovation to serve Europe’s strategic interests….

Chemical Strategy for Sustainability | Input Paper on the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability (CSS)

This paper outlines the preliminary views and proposals of the European chemical industry, as represented by Cefic, on the future Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability proposed by the European Commission under the EU Green Deal. Its content may evolve at the light of future developments. It is organised in two part: 1. an overview outlining the…

Circular economy action plan | Cefic answer to the Public consultation for Inception impact assessment regarding the upcoming initiative in the area of environmental performance of products & businesses – substantiating claims

Cefic welcomes the opportunity to provide feedback on the initiative undertaken by the European Commission about a new regulatory initiative on substantiating green claims regarding Environmental performance of products & businesses in line with Better regulation principles and criteria (effectiveness, efficiency, relevance, coherence, EU-added value)

Waste Shipments Regulation WSR | Cefic Contribution to Publication Consultation on Waste Shipment Regulation

Waste Shipments Regulation WSR | Explanatory note based on Cefic position paper to support public consultation

Cefic statement on the EU Economic Recovery Plan

Ahead of the European Council meeting on 17 July the EU chemical industry calls on the EU member states to urgently agree an EU Recovery Plan to restart Europe’s economy and kick off investments towards a green and digital transition. 

EU Commission’s “Strategy for a Sustainable and Smart Mobility” Roadmap | Cefic position

Cefic supports the Green Deal and Europe’s ambition to become climate neutral by 2050. The Green Deal also recognizes the crucial role that the chemical industry plays in Europe’s transition, as a key solution provider to multiple value chains and as a contributor to low emission mobility. The EU chemical industry intends to grasp the…

Hydrogen | Cefic position

Cefic expects hydrogen to play a pivotal role in reducing the GHG footprint of Europe’s energy and feedstock supply within the transition to climate neutrality.
The future of the European chemical industry will be closely intertwined with the development of a hydrogen economy, as it is both a major producer and consumer of hydrogen.

Chemical Strategy for Sustainability (CSS) | Discussion paper: Strategic chemicals

This paper was developed in the context of a stakeholder dialogue that followed our submission to the EU Commission’s Roadmap consultation on the future Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability. It is meant to trigger an exchange of policy ideas or suggestions to inform the dialogue but does not constitute the agreed position of Cefic or its Members.

Chemical Strategy for Sustainability (CSS) | Discussion paper: Strategic chemicals

This paper was developed in the context of a stakeholder dialogue that followed our submission to the EU Commission’s Roadmap consultation on the future Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability. It is meant to trigger an exchange of policy ideas or suggestions to inform the dialogue but does not constitute the agreed position of Cefic or its Members.

Chemical Strategy for Sustainability (CSS) | Discussion paper: Supporting Global chemicals management

This paper was developed in the context of a stakeholder dialogue that followed our submission to the EU Commission’s Roadmap consultation on the future Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability. It is meant to trigger an exchange of policy ideas or suggestions to inform the dialogue but does not constitute the agreed position of Cefic or its Members.

Chemical Strategy for Sustainability (CSS) | Discussion paper: Track and trace of Declarable substances for recycling June 2020

This paper was developed in the context of a stakeholder dialogue that followed our submission to the EU Commission’s Roadmap consultation on the future Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability. It is meant to trigger an exchange of policy ideas or suggestions to inform the dialogue but does not constitute the agreed position of Cefic or its Members.

Chemical Strategy for Sustainability (CSS) | Discussion paper: a level-playing field for the EU chemical industry

This paper was developed in the context of a stakeholder dialogue that followed our submission to the EU Commission’s Roadmap consultation on the future Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability. It is meant to trigger an exchange of policy ideas or suggestions to inform the dialogue but does not constitute the agreed position of Cefic or its Members.

Climate policy and carbon leakage | Cefic position

The chemical industry’s initial thoughts on possible EU Border Adjustment Measures –

Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) | Cefic position

Cefic welcomes the Commission’s focus on ensuring industry competitiveness for a climate-friendly transition, namely to become climate-neutral by 2050 while ensuring that European companies can globally compete on a level-playing field.

The future relationship negotiations between the EU and the UK (Brexit) | Cefic – CIA position

Cefic – CIA position on REACH related issues in the future relationship between the EU-27 and the UK (Brexit)

Chemical Strategy for Sustainability (CSS) | Discussion paper: Safe and Sustainable by design

This paper was developed in the context of a stakeholder dialogue that followed our submission to the EU Commission’s Roadmap consultation on the future Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability. It is meant to trigger an exchange of policy ideas or suggestions to inform the dialogue but does not constitute the agreed position of Cefic or its Members.

Chemical Strategy for Sustainability (CSS) | Discussion paper: Simplification chemicals legislation

This paper was developed in the context of a stakeholder dialogue that followed our submission to the EU Commission’s Roadmap consultation on the future Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability. It is meant to trigger an exchange of policy ideas or suggestions to inform the dialogue but does not constitute the agreed position of Cefic or its Members.

Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability (CSS) | Discussion paper: Combined exposure and way forward

This paper was developed in the context of a stakeholder dialogue that followed our submission to the EU Commission’s Roadmap consultation on the future Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability. It is meant to trigger an exchange of policy ideas or suggestions to inform the dialogue but does not constitute the agreed position of Cefic or its Members.

Chemical Strategy for Sustainability (CSS) | Discussion paper: Endocrine Disruptors

This paper was developed in the context of a stakeholder dialogue that followed our submission to the EU Commission’s Roadmap consultation on the future Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability. It is meant to trigger an exchange of policy ideas or suggestions to inform the dialogue but does not constitute the agreed position of Cefic or its Members.

European Climate Law | Cefic position

Best Available Techniques (BREF) | Cefic position paper Cefic additional remarks and comments to the Art. 13 Forum Workshop on the next BREF review cycle

As suggested by DG ENV in the Art 13 Forum workshop on June 12, 2020, Cefic would like to use the opportunity for a submission of more detailed comments and arguments.

Single Wagonload Transport (SWT) | Cefic position

Cefic response to Inception Impact Assessment on the first two Taxonomy Delegated Acts

Revision of Waste Shipments Regulation WSR | Cefic view

Chemical Recycling | Cefic position

The Green Deal is at the heart of the EU’s ambitions of becoming climate neutral. To meet the ambitious European objectives, much more waste plastic needs to be recycled and a broader range of markets need to be served with plastic products containing recycled content. In this respect Cefic highlights the potential of chemical recycling…

Circular Economy 2.0 | Cefic position

In Cefic’s Mid-Century Vision, the European chemical industry sees itself at the centre of Europe’s circular economy. From the design phase of products to their end-of-life, the chemical industry can offer innovative solutions to the benefit of the sector itself and throughout the value chain, enabling downstream industries to become more circular. By transforming waste…

Joint statement by European business on the recast of the EU Regulation on Dual-Use Export Controls

Chemical valorisation of CO2 | Cefic position

Carbon is an essential element of most products needed by society, and carbon is part of the structure of most chemicals. Recycling carbon from CO2 (and CO from ‘industrial waste gases’) is one of the options that can be considered by the chemical industry to reduce the environmental footprint of chemicals and polymers, develop the…

A Long-Term strategy for Europe’s industrial future – from words to action

This Joint Paper is the outcome of months of discussions and consensus-building between a wide range of industrial sectors, all willing to contribute to the preparation of this much-awaited “comprehensive long-term strategy for Europe’s industrial future”. At a key time where the EU is discussing the next Multiannual Financial Framework, we are ready, more than…

Joint statement for an ambitious Horizon Europe Programme

European Rail Freight and Rail Freight Corridors | Cefic position

WTO modernisation | Cefic views

The need to provide the list of importers in the IUCLID5 registration dossier of an only representative

Commission’s proposal establishing a Framework to Facilitate Sustainable Investment | Cefic views

Cefic considers that the “Taxonomy Proposal” may help mobilizing finance towards environmentally beneficial projects and foster cross-border investments by defining a common language for environmentally beneficial investments. This may promote retail and institutional investors’ interest for such investments.

Ambitious and comprehensive EU Industrial Strategy to enable industry’s contribution to the EU long-term GHG goals | Joint statement

The interface between chemical, product and waste legislation and identification of policy options | Cefic position

EU Single Market | Cefic views

The Single Market is a major asset for a competitive chemical industry. Cefic encourages EU and Member State authorities to uphold and consolidate the Single Market.

Stocktaking of the Commission’s Better Regulation approach | Cefic views

Cefic welcomes progress under President Juncker’s Better Regulation Agenda and invites the incoming Commission to follow up on and deepen existing rules and practices.

Cefic Manifesto for a competitive Europe

Why the EU needs an ambitious Industrial Strategy, and what it should contain

Combination effects of chemicals | Cefic position

Today, EU chemicals policy and risk management schemes predominantly focus on the safety of individual chemical substances. They protect public health and the environment by ensuring that no chemical substance is intentionally present in the environment at levels that might cause harm.

EU Research & Innovation Framework Programme: The Chemical Industry’s role in EU growth and competitiveness

Cefic welcomes the EC Horizon Europe proposal’s ambition to make Europe an unparalleled global innovation hub and recognition given to the innovative and enabling role of industry, by placing the pillar of the ‘Global Challenges & Industrial Competitiveness’ at the heart of the programme. In this role, industry provides productivity, progress, jobs and prosperity, and…

ECHA Cefic to Work on an Effective Implementation of REACH (MOU) | Joint statement

With the completion of the third registration deadline, REACH now regulates all chemicals on the EU market. Recognising that the 2018 Commission General Report on REACH calls on all actors to further improve REACH implementation and, in particular, on industry and ECHA to further improve the safety information and its communication in the supply chain,…

Transparency and sustainability of the EU risk assessment model in the food chaine EFSA | Cefic position

REACH Annexes amendments to address nanoforms of substances: Cefic’s perspective

Cefic welcomes the vote of the REACH Committee on REACH Annexes amendments for nanomaterials. The adaptation of the Annexes is a meaningful step to reduce existing legal uncertainties and provide more clarity for the registration of nanomaterials under REACH. The issue remains, however, complex and some of the amendments can even create further confusion.

Cefic, ECEG and industriAll European Trade Union statement on Brexit

The UK’s decision to leave the EU presents a political and economic challenge that creates significant uncertainty for companies and their employees. Cefic, ECEG and industriAll Europe are united in their concern about the adverse impact that Brexit could have on the viability, international competitiveness and employment within Europe’s chemical industry on either side of…

EU Research & Innovation Framework Programme: mission statement

Cefic and CIA joint statement on Brexit and the future

Aarhus Compliance Committee Findings on Access to Justice in the EU | Industry views

Clean energy for all Europeans Package

Europe’s chemical industry welcomes the Clean Energy Package proposal from the European Commission in its ambitions to reform and harmonise energy markets in Europe and to pioneer the low-carbon economy for the benefit of all its citizens.

Clean energy for all Europeans Package – Executive summary

Europe’s chemical industry welcomes the Clean Energy Package proposal from the European Commission in its ambitions to reform and harmonise energy markets in Europe and to pioneer the low-carbon economy for the benefit of all its citizens.

Cefic – EBPF Comments on CA Document CA-April17-Doc.3.1.a & b: Draft criteria for the determination of endocrine-disrupting properties under the BPR

Cefic-EBPF is disappointed that the Commission has retained the term ‘substance’ instead of the term ‘active substance’, despite the legal and procedural arguments made by Industry in December1 2016 and February 20172.

Extension of the scope of the proposed endocrine disruptors criteria from ‘active substances’ to ‘substances’ in the biocidal products regulation (528/2012)

Circular economy | Cefic view

The European chemical industry supports the transition towards a circular economy as part of a strategy to make Europe more resource efficient. This can be achieved both by avoiding unnecessary material and energy losses throughout the life-cycle of products and maximising value by keeping resources circulating in loops.

Respiratory sensitisation | Cefic views

Cefic is committed to ensuring that the health of workers and the safety of products are top priorities for the chemical industry. This paper focuses on the management of substances with respiratory sensitising potential.

Skin sensitisation | Cefic views

European Commission Public Consultation on a New Energy Market Design

Cefic supports the building of a liberalised European energy market that is based on full and open competition, and is designed to lead to uninterrupted, competitively priced, secure energy for all consumers. This is a fundamental necessity for EU energy intensive industries to be able to compete in an internationally competitive environment.

Cefic Response to the EC Public Consultation on the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD)

The EPBD has been effective in promoting energy efficiency in new buildings, but a more concerted effort is required to improve the energy efficiency of existing building stock. The EU must work to ensure longterm investments in energy efficiency in buildings by coming forward with a vision for the whole building stock translated in individual…

Cefic Response to the Commission’s EU ETS reform proposal of 15 July 2015

Response to the legislative proposal: COM(2015)337/F1: “Proposal for a DIRECTIVE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL amending Directive 2003/87/EC to enhance cost-effective emission reductions and low-carbon investments” https://ec.europa.eu/transparency/regdoc/?fuseaction=feedback&docId=3079130

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

The European Council Conclusions of October 2014 provided detailed guidance to prevent the risk of carbon leakage after 2020.

Rules of Origin for Chemical Chapters 28 to 40 under Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)

Following the UK’s departure from the European Union on 31st January 2020 and the transition period, both sides are now negotiating a future trade relationship. A priority in these negotiations is the conclusion of a trade agreement that will be the core of the future economic relationship.

Rules of Origin for Chemical Chapters 28 to 40 in context of the EU-UK negotiations

The Energy Union: drivers for success | Cefic Position

Cefic supports the launch of the Energy Union and welcomes the Commission’s aim to alleviate constraints and enable growth and job creation. Delivering uninterrupted, competitively priced, stable and secure energy to fuel the European economy is a cornerstone to industrial competitiveness. An Energy Union achieving this goal would convince industries to invest in Europe, enabling…

Intermodal transport network development | Cefic position

The European Commission’s transport white paper

European Policy for more sustainable transport and logistics across Europe

Cefic – ECTA joint position

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