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A Chemicals Strategy fit to deliver on the European Green Deal

The Commission opened the session by sharing insights into the development of the strategy and outlined the Strategy’s five pillars: innovation and competitiveness; protection; ensuring simple evaluation and assessment; knowledge/ science; and the global dimension. Panellists raised challenges and how the Strategy can balance the multiple dimensions it plans to address. Key points:

  • The Chemicals Strategy looks to instill a new paradigm towards safe and sustainable by design chemicals;
  • Enforcement is crucial to initiate the new chemicals agenda and there was a common understanding that REACH and other chemical legislation must be enforced;
  • The interlinkage with the energy sector would help manufacture chemicals with lower energy and fewer emissions; there is the need to secure access to affordable renewable energy;
  • Climate neutrality and circular economy objectives are already a huge demand on industry, requiring a deep transition that depends on funding of the breakthrough technologies. Industry acknowledges that it needs help to change and cross-sectoral collaboration will ensure the right choices are made from the start.
  • The closing remarks highlighted the need for joint policymaking taking into consideration EU Green Deal interlinkages across circular economy, innovation, trade, and economic policies. It was agreed the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability can only succeed if we work together.

“Speak to our CEOs, they will tell you what they need to invest in massive scale in Europe and to have a coordinated policy that works for everyone” Sylvie Lemoine – Executive Director – Product Stewardship, Cefic

“It’s either going to happen with the industry or it’s not going to happen at all…we can succeed only if we do this together”. Kestutis Sadauskas, Director for Circular Economy and Green Growth, DG ENVI – European Commission

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Speakers

Giles DICKSON

WindEurope
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Bjorn HANSEN

ECHA
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Sylvie LEMOINE

Cefic
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Jutta PAULUS

European Parliament
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Kestutis SADAUSKAS

DG ENVI, European Commission
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Moderator

Laura SHIELDS

Red Thread EU
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