Sustainable consumption and production is about promoting resource and energy efficiency, sustainable infrastructure, and providing access to basic services, and a better quality of life for all. It aims at “doing more and better with less,” increasing net welfare gains from economic activities by reducing resource use, degradation and pollution along the whole product and process lifecycle, while increasing quality of life. 

It involves a range of different stakeholders including business, consumers, policy makers, researchers, scientists, retailers, media, and development cooperation agencies in a systemic cooperative approach along the supply chain.

A viable, sustainable future depends on our ability to meet growing demand by more efficient use, and reuse, of resources. The chemical industry is all about “doing more and better with less”. The sector is continually improving resource and energy efficiency along its value chains and contributing to the development of a circular economy. 

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Digital Single Market

Digital Single Market

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Materials for Consumer goods

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Process Control

Process Control

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Process Intensification

Process Intensification

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Downstream Processing

Downstream Processing

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Catalysis

Catalysis

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Feedstock

Feedstock

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Cognitive and Connected Plants

Cognitive and Connected Plants

Advanced process control is key to achieving more sustainable chemical production processes.

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PPPs

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