Studies


Plastics Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda in a Circular Economy

December 2018

A report by SusChem, the European Technology Platform for Sustainable Chemistry and its partners – Cefic, PlasticsEurope, European Plastics Converters (EuPC) and the European Composites, Plastics and Polymer Processing Platform (ECP4).

As SusChem and partners’ main input to EU innovation policy on the circularity of plastics, this report identifies the challenges to plastics circularity and defines the types of solutions needed to address them. Future research is required in three main areas: Circularity by design, recycling and alternative feedstock. The analysis from this report have helped to identify priorities, projects and the level of investment needed to achieve full circularity of plastics.


A bridge towards a carbon neutral Europe

September 2018

A report by the Institute for European Studies (IES) of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), commissioned by Cefic and 11 European Energy Intensive Industries (Ells)

The energy intensive industrial sector in the European Union (EU) holds strategic importance given that around 80% of the goods produced by the EIIs are consumed all over Europe. The goal of this contribution is to highlight the constructive and solutions-oriented role that the EIIs have been playing, determine a combination of possible key solutions that will help EIIs to significantly reduce their emissions, as well as stress the need to address the necessary conditions to ensure that Europe is at the forefront of the energy and industrial transformation.

Chemistry for Climate: Acting on the need for speed

March 2018

A report by the Royal Association of the Dutch Chemical Industry (VNCI) 

VNCI’s 2050 roadmap points to the need for abundant and cheap renewable electricity and biomass as feedstock to chemicals. It outlines political and investments conditions to enable a lower carbon footprint of the Dutch chemicals industry.

Chemistry 4.0: Growth through Innovation in a transforming word

September 2017

A report by Deloitte and the German chemical industry Association (VCI)

The chemical and pharmaceutical industry in Germany is changing. Especially the factors digitalization, sustainability and circular economy play a decisive role. The study ‘Chemistry 4.0’ is examining this new development phase and shows which growth opportunities through innovations the chemical industry in Germany can implement in a world of change, which profound changes in companies are required for this and how associations and politicians can accompany this process.

Low carbon energy and feedstock for the chemical

July 2017

A report by DECHEMA, commissioned by Cefic

This report represents the joint contribution from 11 European Energy Intensive Industries (EIIs) – iron and steel, cement, chemicals and fertilizers, refineries, non-ferrous metals, ferro- alloys and silicon, pulp and paper, ceramics, lime, and glass – to the European Commission’s Strategy for long-term EU greenhouse gas emissions reductions.

Taking the European chemical industry into the circular economy

April 2017

An Accenture/Cefic report

Sustainability has become a vital part of many business strategies across industries, and that has prompted growing interest in the circular economy— including among European chemical companies. The advent of the circular economy is likely to lead to significant changes for the industry, along with fundamental challenges. But it could present a major opportunity for the European chemical industry, and for Europe overall.  The report looks at how the industry might shift to that type of economy, what it will take to get there, and what it will mean for chemical companies. The report takes a holistic view that goes beyond individual factors and issues—such as CO2 emissions, plastics recycling, bio-based chemicals or landfill policy—in order to create an integrated picture of the industry in a circular economy.

Evolution of Competitiveness in the European chemical industry

January 2015

A Cefic/Oxford Economics report

Cefic/Oxford Economics report concluding on a loss of competitiveness of the industry in Europe compared to other regions. The report sets up recommendations in eight main segments of the EU economy.

Greenhouse gas emission reductions enabled by products from the chemical industry

October 2017

An International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) and Ecofys Report

The objective of this study is to assess the global contribution of the chemical industry to selected six solutions in the context of limiting average temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius, as agreed on in the Paris Agreement in 2015. Despite the small number of solutions considered, the magnitude of chemical products’ contribution is remarkable. The study on the maximum potential indicates that even a higher reduction seems feasible in 2030 with appropriate and enabling policies in place.

The essential role of chemicals: quantifying the global potential

October 2017

An International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) and Ecofys Report

The objective of this study is to assess the global contribution of the chemical industry to selected six solutions in the context of limiting average temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius, as agreed on in the Paris Agreement in 2015. Despite the small number of solutions considered, the magnitude of chemical products’ contribution is remarkable. The study on the maximum potential indicates that even a higher reduction seems feasible in 2030 with appropriate and enabling policies in place.

European chemistry for growth Unlocking a competitive, low carbon and energy efficient

April 2013

A Cefic/Ecofys report

The Cefic-ECOFYS roadmap concludes that a reduction of 15% of the industry GHG emissions by 2030 (baseline 2010) is achievable. This comes on top of reductions already accomplished and is equivalent to 60% GHG emissions abatement by 2030 (baseline 1990). ECOFYS identifies a range of breakthroughs areas all heavily connected to innovation and competitiveness.