Sustainability: Water case studies

Chemical companies in Europe are constantly anticipating and adapting to global trends, increasingly orienting their strategies towards more sustainability.

     The real drive for sustainability comes from what the world around us is telling us. We are rapidly growing in terms of numbers, with more than 9 billion people expected to be living on this planet in 2050. Food, water and energy are resources that we want to make accessible to everybody wherever they live – though we know that natural resources are limited.

The chemical industry is helping to build a green economy in Europe. It can also contribute to innovative solutions for the major global challenges facing our societies, for a better quality of life and a sustainable future.

Water is a good example of this. From the oldest way to purify water, to the discovery of handy clean-water purifier, the chemical industry provides innovative solutions and makes a significant contribution towards sustainable water management.

    Learn more about sustainability water case studies here 

 

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January EU chemicals production shows improvement for second consecutive month

Year-on-year data show production 2.3 per cent below January 2011 level

EU chemicals production expanded in January for the second consecutive month after four straight months of contraction, according to the latest Cefic Chemicals Trends Report. Despite the month-on-month improvement, production data on a year-on-year basis point to a decline of 2.3 per cent in January 2012 compared with January the year prior. January 2012 data also show that EU chemicals production level remains 4.5 per cent below the peak in 2007.

Prices for chemicals in the European Union increased on a year-on-year basis in January, climbing 4.2 per cent during the month against the comparable month in 2011. The uptick in prices was led again by the overall price increase in basic inorganics. Year-end trade data show the EU chemicals trade net trade surplus contracted by €2.1 billion compared with 2010, reaching €43.7 billion in 2011 – the second highest trade surplus on record for the 27-country bloc.

Year-on-year chemicals output lower in January, all sub-sectors register drop

All chemicals sub-sectors contributed to the January EU production index drop. Specialty chemicals and Polymers production decreased on a year on year basis by 5.3 per cent and 3.4 per cent respectively during the month, while consumer chemicals fell 2.2 percent. Basic inorganics declined by 1.3 per cent and petrochemicals posted the smallest decline, down 0.6 per cent in January compared with January 2011.

EU trade surplus second best on record in 2011, China trade deficit pushes higher

The overall EU chemicals net trade surplus reached €43.7 billion in 2011, the second highest level on record, below only the €45.9 billion surplus set in 2010. The EU net trade surplus with the Rest of Europe contributed most to the year-end figure, reaching €13.3 billion, down €0.5 billion compared with 2010. EU trade with the NAFTA region resulted in a €11.5 billion net trade surplus in 2011. A €6.3 billion surplus occurred with Asia, excluding Japan and China. China, however, had a record €2.4 billion net chemicals trade surplus with the European Union.

Prices for basic organics climb near double digit rate

Year-on-year EU chemicals prices rose by 4.2 per cent in January driven by the price for basic inorganics, which increased by 9.3 per cent during the period. Prices climbed for consumer chemicals by 2.1 per cent, while petrochemicals prices edged down by 0.9 per cent in January as compared with the year prior.

Double-digit EU sales growth in 2011, up 5.8 per cent from 2008 pre-crisis period

December 2011 EU chemicals sales were 1.9 per cent higher compared with December the year prior. For the whole year 2011, total sales were 10.7 per cent higher as compared to 2010. The overall sales level continues to surpass the pre-crisis peak reached in the beginning of 2008. Compared to full-year sales levels in 2008, the total value of sales during 2011 was 5.8 per cent higher.

See the complete two-page March Chemicals Trends Report, which includes graphs

Contact information:

To schedule an interview with Cefic Chief Economist Dr. Moncef Hadhri, contact James Pieper, media relations, Cefic, on +32 2 676 73 98 or via email at jpi@cefic.be.

For details of the report, e-mail Dr Hadhri directly at mha@cefic.be or call him on +32 2 676 72 82.

Those who are not media or members of Cefic, please contact Cefic Director of Business Development Dr. Fabrice Tabankia on +32 2 676 72 95 or at fta@cefic.be.

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New Cefic brochure and online platform outlines EU chemicals industry vision for future

“At the Heart of Progress” publication highlights European chemical industry efforts to help shape growth, sustainability and innovation in Europe

Cefic released today its new brochure that highlights key contributions of the European chemical industry and its efforts to continue to form the heart of Europe’s future. Titled At the Heart of Progress and available in online and print versions, it also details how the sector collaborates to achieve the targets set in the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

The 31-page brochure explains how the industry is at the heart of European industry, supplying virtually all sectors of the economy and providing sustainable solutions today’s economic and environmental challenges. Providing all manufacturing sectors, as well as the construction, health and agricultural sectors, with essential products and services, it has created wealth and employment for millions of European citizens over the years.

On growth, the brochure looks at how the industry has emerged from the economic crisis, stating that it is now back in line with the historical growth trend.

The brochure also highlights innovation,explaining that Cefic’s strategy is to enable access to research funding for European chemical companies, develop demonstration projects and expand the activities of the Sustainable Chemistry Technology Platform (SusChem) to provide innovative solutions that will contribute to the Europe 2020 targets.

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2012 a crucial year for the future of our planet

In June 2012, the UN Conference on Sustainable Development will take place in Rio de Janeiro. This event, better known as Rio+20, is the moment when governments and businesses as well as NGOs and civil society will take stock of the past achievements and set out the path for future actions towards a more sustainable world.

For the global chemical industry, this year’s ICCM3 conference will be a key staging post in the International Chemicals Management process within the UN framework. There, the global chemical industry will demonstrate the progress  it has achieved over the last two years through Responsible Care and Global Product Strategy . This is going to happen in Nairobi, Kenya in September 2012.

Significant milestones ahead

The chemical industry will play an important role, at national, regional and international level. To deliver on its commitment, the European chemical industry is working on its first Sustainability Report, highlighting the industry’s achievements but also its future commitments.

Global trends

The real drive for sustainability comes from what the world around us is telling us. We are rapidly growing in terms of numbers, with more than 9 billion people expected to be living on this planet in 2050. Food, water and energy are resources that we want to make accessible to everybody wherever they live – though we know that natural resources are limited.

Chemical companies in Europe are constantly anticipating and adapting to global trends, increasingly orienting their strategies towards more sustainability.

 

Read more: http://www.cefic.org/sustainability/EU-Chemical-Industry-on-its-journey-towards-sustainability/

 

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EU chemicals sector posts 1.5 per cent growth through first eleven months of 2011

BRUSSELS, January 30, 2012 – EU chemicals production recorded a 1.5 per cent increase in the first eleven months of 2011, according to the latest Cefic Chemicals Trends Report. The monthly data for November 2011 showed a 3.2 per cent decline compared with November 2010, a significant drop in EU chemicals industry production after an impressive first quarter 2011.

The level of production from January to November 2011 indicates that EU chemicals production is 4.1 per cent below its 2007 peak. Data also show a year-on-year price increase in November, led again by an overall price increase in basic inorganics, up 12 per cent for the month compared with the comparable period in 2010. The EU chemicals sector net trade surplus reached €35.5 billion through October, off by €3 billion when compared with the same 10-month period in 2010.

 

Cefic Chief Economist Moncef Hadhri said: “The current EU chemicals industry production trend is in line with the deterioration of the EU business climate and current macro-economic developments. EU chemicals output growth for 2011 remains relatively close to long-term average growth.”

November 2011 chemicals output down compared with November 2010

The EU production index for November 2011 was down 3.2 per cent compared with November 2010. Consumer chemicals jumped 4.5 per cent year-on-year in November 2011 compared with the year prior. Petrochemicals and polymers production went down by 7.5 per cent and 6.5 per cent respectively in November. Specialty chemicals production fell by 6.8 per cent. Basic inorganics production declined by 4.2 per cent in November compared with the year prior.

EU trade surplus reached €35.5 billion through October

The EU net trade surplus with the Rest of Europe in the first 10 months of 2011 reached €11 billion, more than 30 per cent of the overall trade surplus for the EU chemicals sector. The overall EU chemicals net trade surplus reached €35.5 billion from January to October 2011, down €3 billion compared with the comparable period in 2010. The EU-27 posted during the 10 month period a €9.4 billion net trade surplus with the NAFTA region and a €4.9 billion surplus with Asia, excluding Japan and China. The EU ran a €2.3 billion net trade deficit for chemicals with China during the period.

Prices for basic organics continues to climb

Basic inorganics prices climbed 12 per cent year-on-year during November. Petrochemicals increased by 7.2 per cent while consumer chemicals prices continued to increase modestly, up 3 per cent year-on-year in November.

Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI) declined further (excerpt)

In November, the Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI) declined by 1.0 point in the European Union, dipping to 92.8. The decline resulted from a broad-based deterioration in sentiment across the sectors. Confidence remained broadly unchanged only in the construction sector. Among the largest EU member states, France (-3.7) reported the biggest decrease in sentiment, followed by the Netherlands (-1.8) and – to a lesser extent – the UK (-0.6). Sentiment was broadly unchanged in Germany (-0.1) and Spain (+0.2), while it improved in Italy (+0.8) and Poland (+0.9). The ESI remains above its long-term average only in Germany.

Confidence in industry weakened by 1.0 point in the European Union, moving below its long-term average. The deterioration was broad-based: managers were more pessimistic about their companies’ past production and their export order books. They also expressed growing concerns about production expectations, particularly in the euro area where an increasing number of managers also assessed their stocks as being too large.

Sentiment in construction remained broadly unchanged in the European Union. Confidence among consumers deteriorated by 0.5 points in both the European Union and the euro area, mainly on the back of increasing unemployment fears. EU consumers also expressed growing concerns about the general economic situation. Consumers’ expected financial situation and savings’ prospects remained broadly unchanged.

See the January 2011 release of the Chemicals Trends Report 

Contact information:

To schedule an interview with Cefic Chief Economist Dr. Moncef Hadhri, contact James Pieper, media relations, Cefic, on +32 2 676 73 98 or via email at jpi@cefic.be.

For details of the report, e-mail Dr Hadhri directly at mha@cefic.be call him on +32 2 676 72 82.

Those who are not media or members of Cefic, please contact Cefic Director of Business Development Dr. Fabrice Tabankia on +32 2 676 72 95 or at fta@cefic.be.

Notes to editors:

 About the Chemicals Trends Report

The Cefic Chemicals Trends summary report is a condensed version of a full report, in slide presentation form, is issued each month to members of Cefic, which includes chemical industry associations and member companies. Both the short summary and full report provide a snapshot of the chemical industry performance in the 27 countries in the European Union, and are based on available data released by Eurostat. The scope of the two-page summary report distils Eurostat data into four areas: chemicals production, trade, prices and total sales.

 

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Rebel-thinking early career researchers sought for LRI award

Cefic, in conjunction with SETAC, EUROTOX, ISES and Chemical Week, is offering a €100,000 award to support innovative, interdisciplinary research in the field of biologically-relevant exposure characterization. Exposures are typically measured at the point of contact or through biomonitoring. While these approaches are useful for assessing exposures or developing risk management strategies, they are typically not informative about the biological or health relevance of those exposures.

Why it’s important

Understanding the health relevance of exposures will require a new generation of tools to rapidly characterize biologically relevant exposures and link to environmentally relevant hazards. The ultimate goal would be to develop novel techniques to capture critical determinants of exposure at biologically informed resolution to relate to real-world human-environment interactions.

The objective of the LRI Award is to stimulate innovative research, ‘out-of-the-box’ thinking and new approaches which will advance the understanding of the health relevance of exposure.

Who can apply?

The award is intended for a European-based scientist with less than ten years post-doctoral experience. Active involvement in interdisciplinary research, current academic track record, and access to appropriate networks will be considered in the selection.

Deadline for submissions: March 16, 2012.

The presentation of the three finalists and the selection of the winner will take place in Brussels on June 6, 2012.

For more details, visit http://www.cefic-lri.org/awards

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Season´s Greetings

Cefic thanks you for your collaboration in 2011

and wishes you a happy, healthy, and creative 2012 !

 

 

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EU chemicals sector posts 2.3 per cent growth through first three quarters of 2011

December 14, 2011 – EU chemicals production recorded a 2.3 per cent increase in the first nine months of the year, according to the latest Cefic Chemicals Trends Report. The monthly data for September showed a 0.5 per cent decline compared with September 2010, a modest downturn in EU chemicals industry production after an impressive first quarter 2011 and modest year-on-year monthly growth in July and August.

See the full December Chemicals Trends Report

The year-to-date level of production through September 2011 indicates that EU chemicals production is 3.6 per cent below its 2007 peak. Data also show a near double-digit, year-on-year price increase in September, led again by an overall price increase in petrochemicals, up 13 per cent for the month compared with the year prior. The EU chemicals sector net trade surplus reached €27.7 billion through August, off by €3.3 billion when compared with the same eight-month period in 2010.

Cefic Chief Economist Moncef Hadhri said: “On a year-on-year basis for quarterly growth, the pace of EU chemicals industry output decelerated from 5.4 per cent growth in the first quarter 2011 to 0.2 per cent in the third quarter. The current production trend of the EU chemicals industry is in line with the current world economic climate, where overall confidence has worsened.”

September 2011 chemicals output down compared with September 2011

The EU production index for September was down 0.5 per cent compared with September the year prior. Consumer chemicals jumped 6.7 per cent year-on-year in September. Basic inorganics production rose by 2.3 per cent in September compared with the year prior, while polymers output edged up by 0.1 per cent. Specialty chemicals and petrochemicals output fell by 5 per cent and 2.8 per cent respectively during the month as compared to the previous year.

EU trade surplus through August buoyed by Rest of Europe exports

The EU net trade surplus with the Rest of Europe in the first eight months of 2011 reached €8.4 billion, more than 30 per cent of the overall trade surplus for the EU chemicals sector. The overall year-to-date EU chemicals net trade surplus reached €27.7 billion, down €3.3 billion compared with the same period in 2010. The EU-27 posted a €7.3 billion net trade surplus with the NAFTA region and a €4.1 billion surplus with Asia, excluding Japan and China. The EU sector ran a €1.8 billion net trade deficit with China.

Prices for petrochemicals, basic organics, continue climb

Petrochemicals prices climbed 13 per cent year-on-year during September. Basic inorganics increased by the same rate as petrochemicals while consumer chemicals prices continued to increase modestly, up 3.1 per cent year-on-year in September.

To schedule an interview with Cefic Chief Economist Dr. Moncef Hadhri, contact James Pieper, media relations, on +32 2 676 73 98 or via email at jpi@cefic.be.

For details of the report, e-mail Dr Hadhri directly at mha@cefic.be or call him on +32 2 676 72 82.

Those who are not media or members of Cefic, please contact Cefic Director of Business Development Dr. Fabrice Tabankia on +32 2 676 72 95 or at fta@cefic.be.

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Chemistry’s future takes centre stage at International Year of Chemistry closing ceremony in Brussels

Young professionals present their vision of chemistry and
how it will help shape the world in 2050

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 More than 800 people from 70 countries descended on Brussels to attend the International Year of Chemistry 2011 (IYC) official closing ceremony, where thirteen young professionals working in the chemical and science arena presented their vision for the world in 2050.

 These forward-thinking young people collaborated to present their report titled “The world in 2050: Our expectations from the life sciences, chemistry, industry and governments to build a better world by 2050”. The “Young Leaders group” gave their view of how chemistry, life sciences, industry and policymakers can in future tackle major challenges such as climate change, resource constraints or drug resistant diseases at a time of population growth to create more sustainable societies.

 “There are numerous mega-challenges in the developed, developing and least developed world. The presentation gives a futuristic look at how chemistry can help solve challenges that we all will face, such as feeding growing populations and producing sustainable energy for an estimated nine billion people who will inhabit the planet,” said Sacha Debleds, a young leader who explained the vision project which was supported by a group of organisations, including the Belgium National Committee for Chemistry and IUPAC, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry.

 Ada Yonath, 2009 Nobel Laureate for chemistry and Jean-Luc Bredas, 1997 Francqui prize winner had prominent roles during the event, responding to the Young Leaders presentations both in the morning and afternoon session. Representatives from UNESCO, the OECD, and the Polish Minister Deputy Minister of Economy Hanna Trojanowska also took part in the event along with chief executives representing global chemicals and pharmaceuticals companies.

 His Royal Highness Prince Philippe of Belgium opened the afternoon event and was followed by Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, EU
Commissioner for Research, Innovation & Science followed, who discussed how chemistry has a role in helping meet future societal challenges both in Europe and around the globe. IUPAC President Prof. Nicole Moreau provided an overview of the success of the IYC 2011 in her own brief opening address.

 Although the IYC is being held to mark the 100th anniversary of Marie Curie’s Nobel Prize and of the first Solvay Physics-Chemistry Council, the closing ceremony is about looking to the future and the role that chemistry can and must play in building a better, more sustainable world for future generations.

 The IYC and its closing ceremony aim to show the essential role of chemistry in meeting world needs. All through 2011 and all over the world, the IYC has been a platform that helped increase interest of young people in chemistry in order to attract first rate minds to careers in chemistry and all the challenges this offers.

 For more information,
contact
James Pieper, Cefic, on +32 2
676 7398 or via e-mail on jpi@cefic.be.

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Announcing the Xperimania Award Winners!

Last Monday, during the opening ceremony of the ‘Tomorrow Starts With Chemistry’ exhibition, an Awards ceremony took place to announce and reward the winners of the Xperimania competitions. As explained in a previous post, it was a joint project of Cefic and the European Schoolnet organised last year to address gender stereotypes and science for students aged 6-12 and 13-21.

The winners were greeted by one of the most renowned scientists in history, Dmitri Mendeleev as the Master of Ceremonies, Hubert Mandery (Director General at Cefic) ga and Alexa Joyce (EU Schoolnet). The two winning teams and their projects were the following:

Competition 1: Equality 1 – Portrait of a woman chemist

School: Liceum Ogólnokształcące im. Janusza Korczaka

Country: Poland

Video title: “Rola kobiety w chemii”

Teacher: Justyna Łukaszewska

Students: Anna G., Aleksandra L. Aleksandra Z. (age 17)

 

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Competition 2: Equality 2 – Awareness campaign on the role of women in chemistry

School: Vassily Kachalov Gymnasium

Country: Lithuania

Powerpoint presentation: “Girls + chemistry = success”

Teacher: Natalija Romanenkova

Students: Aida Č., Anastasija S., Ana Natalja A. (age 17)

 

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Invited guests included officials, media and industry players but also many children from various Brussels schools for whom those two examples will probably give ideas for their future careers.

Each team briefly presented their winning projects that were later displayed in the Galerie de Marbre for everyone to see the work of the Xperimania laureates.

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