Secure, affordable and climate-friendly energy is an essential foundation for a sustainable society and an economy that provides jobs and growth.
The European Union’s Energy Union strategy aims to ensure that we all use energy more wisely. This means diversifying sources while maintaining security of supply in an integrated market. It also means transitioning towards a low-carbon economy based on world-class European renewable energy technologies.
The Energy Union will lead to a sustainable, low-carbon and environmentally friendly economy. It puts Europe at the forefront of renewable energy production and the fight against global warming. But it relies on research, innovation and competitive industries.
The chemical industry needs energy in its processes, and has a strong track record in reducing energy consumption, thanks to innovation and manufacturing excellence. The industry is working to further improve its energy and resource efficiency by continuously improving these processes and using alternative sources of carbon, including CO2. Finding and using the synergies between industries will also help make better use of waste heat, water and materials.
Equally important are the solutions provided by the chemical industry to lower carbon use and increase and energy efficiency in other sectors. The chemical industry provides a range of technologies and advanced materials that enable the following: renewable energy production, storage technologies, energy efficiency solutions for buildings, energy efficient water treatment and a number of sustainable transport systems.
The chemical industry provides countless solutions that meet the challenges of the Energy Union. To find out more on how SusChem is working on developing sustainable energy innovations and how they relate to Horizon 2020 Societal Challenges and the UN Sustainable Development Goals check below!