The European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) published the first sustainability report for the industrial sector. The 70-page document provides 17 key performance indicators that serve as a benchmark of industry sustainability efforts to date that the sector plans to measure itself against in future.
The report details all three “pillars” of sustainability – planet, people and profit – and presents a vision for how the chemicals industry will help meet future challenges.
The European chemicals trade body included in the report case studies drawn from chemicals companies, national associations and Cefic sector groups that illustrate contributions to sustainability, such as energy-efficient water purification, lightweight materials for cars or better building insulation.
CARL VAN CAMP, Chairman, Cefic Sustainability Strategy Group, said: “As we look at the major challenges facing society, it is clear that the European chemical industry and its partners have a crucial role to fulfil. The products of chemistry are making a positive and powerful difference to the sustainable development agenda. And given the right conditions, we will continue to channel our efforts into ensuring that people have access to the necessities of life, to economic prosperity, and to societal progress.”
- European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic), Brussels, Belgium
- Download Cefic sustainability report 2011–2012: The Chemical Industry in Europe Towards Sustainability