Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials aims to increase European competitiveness, raw materials security and improve wellbeing while assuring environmental integrity, resilience and sustainability. Its aim is to keep average global warming below 2° C and enable ecosystems and society to adapt to climate change and other environmental changes.

The chemical and process industries play a key role in addressing issues around the circular economy including embracing Industrial Symbiosis in its broadest sense, raw materials and feedstock including use of renewable resources such as biomass and CO2, water and wastewater management, resource and energy efficiency, and process intensification technologies for future chemical plants.

These activities will contribute to the achievement of a resource – and water - efficient and climate change resilient economy and society, protect and sustain natural resources and ecosystems, and enable the sustainable supply and use of raw materials that can meet the needs of a growing global population within the sustainable limits of the planet's natural resources and eco-systems.

Related Policies

Digital Single Market

Digital Single Market

The rapid progress in digital technologies is changing the way we do everything in society...

Bioeconomy

Bioeconomy

To cope with an increasing global population, depletion of resources, increasing environmental pressures and climate change, Europe needs...

Competitiveness

Competitiveness

In a globalised market industrial competitiveness is essential to drive economic growth and retain and boost employment, especially for...

Circular Economy

Circular Economy

The European Commission’s ambitious Circular Economy Package aims to help European businesses and consumers to make the transition to a...

Energy Union

Energy Union

Secure, affordable and climate-friendly energy is an essential foundation for a sustainable society and an economy that can provide jobs...

Related Technologies

Process Control

Process Control

Process control and supervision of operations, from regulatory control to manufacturing planning and optimisation, has a major impact on...

Materials for Energy Production and Storage

Materials for Energy Production and Storage

Sustainable chemistry research and innovation actions are needed to strengthen Europe’s position in low carbon energy production...

Materials for Consumer goods

Materials for Consumer goods

Increasing the sustainability of consumer goods requires developments in materials that support recycling and reuse and that focus on...

Materials for Energy Efficiency

Materials for Energy Efficiency

Sustainable chemistry is essential to improving energy efficiency in all types of buildings: new and old...

Process Intensification

Process Intensification

Process intensification presents a set of radically innovative new principles in process and equipment design that can bring significant...

Downstream Processing

Downstream Processing

New and existing sustainable processes in the circular economy need to be able to cope with an increasing share of renewable, often...

Catalysis

Catalysis

Catalysis is, perhaps, the single most important and pervasive interdisciplinary technology in the chemical industry and certainly one of...

Feedstock

Feedstock

To ensure a sustainable future the European chemical industry must reduce its dependency on, largely imported, petroleum and gas feedstock...

Cognitive and Connected Plants

Cognitive and Connected Plants

Advanced process control is key to achieving more sustainable chemical production processes.

Big Data

Big Data

Future industries, and the chemical sector in particular, will be awash with data...

Digital Platforms

Digital Platforms

Companies that were early adopters of digital have already successfully mastered platform strategies, the opportunity is now opening up to...

Digital Skills

Digital Skills

Driving the growth of new flexible skills and an educated workforce able to learn fast and use digital technology as the central source for...

Related Initiatives

PPPs

PPPs

The European Commission has facilitated the establishment of a number of Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) to accelerate research and...

Grant-it

Grant-it

GRANT-IT is your one-stop access to funding opportunities from the European Commission and select Regional and National governments in the...

Working Groups

Working Groups

SusChem convenes working groups, expert workshops and ad-hoc stakeholder discussions on specific elements of the SusChem strategy and its...