European Technology Platform For SUSTAINABLE CHEMISTRY


Resource and Energy Efficiency

The challenge

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 fully optimised.

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?

SusChem, 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 innovation

SusChem has a history of participation in  and driving  many projects relating to this priority area including Bio Base Europe and F3 Factory.

More information


For more information on the challenges and innovative solutions in this priority take a look at Cefics ‘Tomorrow Starts with Chemistry’ brochure.

If you would like to get involved, or would like more information on Working Group membership and activities in this area, get in contact via the ‘Join a Working Group’ page.