Resource and Energy Efficiency
A smart, sustainable and inclusive Europe
will need to increase its competitiveness whilst simultaneously drastically
improving its resource and energy efficiency and also reducing its
environmental impact. We all need to ‘do more – and better - with less’.
The chemical sector and the process
industries in general have made continuous incremental improvements in
efficiency over recent years. But now rising demand around the world is increasing
pressure on the environment and drastically increasing competition for energy
and raw materials.
A step-change improvement is required in
the efficiency of delivering the products and services that consumers require
and deem necessary for their well-being.
Innovation for solutions
This paradigm shift can be achieved by developing an integrated resource
and energy efficiency strategy along the full value chain. This means assessing
products and processes so that all input resources (including raw materials,
renewable feedstocks, energy, water etc), all processes, output materials
(including products, by-products and waste streams) and all recycle options are
The aim is to decouple economic growth from the ecological footprint of
industry and make our whole society more sustainable. This includes replacing
primary non-renewable resources and materials with renewable resources (e.g.
bio-resources) and alternative materials having ensured that such a change is
more sustainable over the life time of the product or service involved.
Such actions will stimulate entrepreneurship in Europe, create new jobs and new
markets. At the same time these actions lay the foundations for a greener, more
efficient and better society for Europe and its citizens. To achieve this
requires a concerted effort involving both public and private organisations.
What is SusChem doing?
has participated in the creation of the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) SPIRE.
SusChem, through its members, is currently participating in FP7 projects
related to this priority topic:
- BIO-TIC -
overview of the opportunities and barriers for industrial biotechnology
SusChem has a
history of participation in and
driving many projects relating to this
priority area including Bio Base Europe and F3 Factory.
For more information on the challenges and innovative solutions in this priority take a look at Cefics ‘Tomorrow Starts with Chemistry’
If you would like to get involved, or would like more
information on Working Group membership and activities in this area, get
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