On Chemistry Can we show how the European chemical industry facilitates the transition to a more sustainable society
The chemical industry is one of the largest and most diversified industries in the world, and supplies virtually all sectors of the economy. Our unique position makes us a key player in helping other sectors become more energy- and resource-efficient.
Did you know that the chemical industry develops materials and technologies that can boost your home’s energy efficiency, make 100% recyclable products, build more efficient wind turbines and even help preserve wild fish in oceans, among other things? This is just a small sample of the technologies that we are working on.
On Chemistry Can we document our journey towards a low-carbon, resource efficient and circular future.
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Chemistry can help make old things new again
Making products more circular with one key substance
The chemical industry can make recycled bottles, electronic devices and paper re-usable with one and the same substance: sodium hydroxide.
Food delivery: maximising reliability, minimising energy consumption
Our local store or supermarket supplies us with the ingredients we need to prepare our…
Solvents – a key ingredient of durable and sustainable materials
Solvents help make energy efficient products
Solvents dissolve other substances. Water is a solvent, which is easily available and simple and…
Preventing potholes on our roads
An anti-ageing solution increases the road's lifespan by 5 years
Good quality streets should be able to sustain immense traffic, withstand all types of weather…
Creating “smart” clothes
The chemical industry makes wearable electronics possible
More and more of us are routinely using activity trackers and smartwatches to measure how…
Recycling coffee cups into building insulation
Giving coffee cups a new life
You come across them in many office buildings: vending machines with coffee cups made of…
Smart solutions for hybrid-electric driving
Innovative materials developed by the chemical industry help create a low-carbon car
Europe is on the way to reducing emissions from its transport. In addition to switching…
Transforming wastewater into drinking water
Giving an African community easier access to safe drinking water
Although 70% of the earth’s surface is covered in water, only 0.4% of this water…
CREATE LOW-CARBON ECONOMY
Chemicals play a major role in the production of renewable energy and in enabling other sectors to reduce their carbon footprint
Chemicals turn by-products from one process into raw materials for another
CONNECT THE CIRCLE
Chemistry makes it possible to re-use our finite material and energy resources more efficiently
CARE FOR PEOPLE AND PLANET
The chemical industry uses highly demanding operational management systems to minimise this risk of handling hazardous substances and prevent harm
Chemistry Can help achieve UN Sustainable Development Goals
The chemical industry is a critical partner in the achievement of UN Sustainable Development Goals 7, 12 and 13.
We are enabling the transition to a low carbon economy by changing to low-carbon emitting chemical production and by developing products that help other sectors reduce their own carbon footprints. At the same time, we drive responsible production and consumption as our technology can help transform waste into valuable new raw materials.