SusChem is the European Technology Platform for Sustainable Chemistry. It is a forum that brings together industry, academia, policy makers and the wider society.
SusChem’s vision is for a competitive and innovative Europe where sustainable chemistry and biotechnology together provide solutions for future generations.
SusChem’s mission is to initiate and inspire European chemical and biochemical innovation to respond effectively to societal’s challenges by providing sustainable solutions.
SusChem was officially launched in 2004 as a European Commission supported initiative to revitalise and inspire European chemistry and industrial biotechnology research, development and innovation in a sustainable way.
At SusChem we believe that sustainable chemistry can inspire a change of pace and the new mind-set that society needs in order to become(more) sustainable, smart and inclusive.
In partnership with European and national public authorities, SusChem contributes to initiatives that aim to provide sustainable solutions to society’s big challenges. Together we develop and lead large-scale, integrated research and innovation programmes with chemical sciences at their core. These public private initiatives link research and partners along the value chain to real world markets through accelerated innovations.
SusChem is also a network of national platforms as the European vision needs to be firmly rooted in the national strategies.
SusChem depends vitally on the partnerships with member states to provide information on national strategies and priorities. The national platforms work on initiatives within their own countries and also in joint NTP initiatives through the network organisation.
SusChem was founded by six European bodies representing the main stakeholders from academia and industry in the chemical sciences sector.
The six founding partners were:
- Cefic – European Chemical Industry Council
- DECHEMA – German Society for Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology
- ESAB – European Federation of Biotechnology Section of Applied Biocatalysis
- EuropaBio – the European Association for Bioindustries
- GDCh – the German Chemical Society
- RSC – Royal Society of Chemistry (UK)