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 power electric mobility

Building a safe and high-performance battery for electric vehicles

When we see an electric vehicle on the street, we immediately think of its core…


ChemistryCan make you faster

Creating comfortable and durable sports clothing

Usain Bolt and other world league runners make sprinting look so easy. Sure, Bolt is…


Designing sustainable packaging by increasing the use of renewable raw material

Exploring ways to make plastic from renewable resources

Reducing dependence on crude oil is an integral part of the transition towards a bioeconomy….


Advanced chemical additives boost the quality of recycled paper

A new generation of biodegradable additives helps tackle paper waste

Even though digitalisation is increasing, the use of paper is still an important part of…


Creating smart homes

Smart solutions help save on energy bills and protect the environment

Considering that traditional buildings account for a whopping 40% of all energy consumption, and around…


Designing energy efficiency in mind

Energy efficient “cool roofs” reduce the need for air conditioning

Buildings are responsible for 40% of energy consumption and 36% of CO2 emissions in the EU….


Making renewable energy work

Salt-filled ponds accumulate and store solar energy for further use

Our society has learnt to generate energy from renewable sources such as wind and solar…


Recycling the unrecyclable

A new technology makes it possible to recycle complex multi-layer materials

The transition to a circular economy seeks to replace today’s linear “take-make-dispose” approach to resources….


CREATE

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

CONSERVE

CONSERVE RESOURCES

Chemicals turn by-products from one process into raw materials for another

CONNECT

CONNECT THE CIRCLE

Chemistry makes it possible to re-use our finite material and energy resources more efficiently

CARE

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.