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1 A European Technology Platform for Sustainable Chemistry Coordinating the research strategies and projects of the European Chemical Industry Marian Mours Cefic Research & Science

2 29 Sept 2005 Scientific Networking for Integration2 Humanitys top ten problems for next 50 years ENERGY WATER FOOD ENVIRONMENT POVERTY TERRORISM & WAR DISEASE EDUCATION DEMOCRACY POPULATION Billion People Billion People Source: Prof. R.E. Smalley, Our Energy Challenge, Columbia University, NYC, 23 September 2003

3 29 Sept 2005 Scientific Networking for Integration3 Incentives for EU chemistry R&D Political context: EU strategy (2010) Aim for a dynamic knowledge based society (Lisbon 2000) Sustainable development (Göteborg 2001) Increase R&D expenditure to 3% of GDP (Barcelona 2002) Industry context EU Chemical industry is vital for value chain partner industries Cefic Horizon 2015 study: competitiveness at risk & Innovation is a key driver for future competitiveness Chemical Innovation has disproportionate impact downstream

4 29 Sept 2005 Scientific Networking for Integration4 Need for enhancing EU chemistry R&D However … Industrial R&D expenditure structurally lower than in competing regions Insufficient public R&D support for chemistry Mutually agreed need to enhance chemical R&D, innovation in Europe! Engagement of all is key to the success =Networking Industry Public NGO's Unions Finance Press Politics Science

5 29 Sept 2005 Scientific Networking for Integration5 History Previously Cefics SUSTECH innovation program –limited to specific topics (mini-networks) –academia and industry, no other stakeholders Concept of European Technology Platforms –SusChem was launched in July 2004 Vision Strategic Research Agenda Implementation Action Plan

6 29 Sept 2005 Scientific Networking for Integration6 Objectives and scope of SusChem Two major objectives: 1.Shaping the research agenda and innovation framework conditions for a sustainable EU (chemical) industry 2.Shaping the chemistry agenda to make Sustainable Development (in the wider industrial sense) happen in Europe Scope Technology areas: –Industrial (or white) biotechnology –Materials technology –Reaction and Process Design Horizontal issues –Generic barriers and constraints to chemistry innovation in Europe

7 29 Sept 2005 Scientific Networking for Integration7 Platform governance SusChem ETP Board Industrial Biotechno- logy Platform secretariat Horizontal Issues Service group Materials Technology Reaction & Process Design Industry Steering Group Member States Mirror Group IndustryNatl governmentsPublic-Private area

8 29 Sept 2005 Scientific Networking for Integration8 True networking Participation from almost all European Member States SusChem Board includes academics and industrialists plus positions for consumer organisation and financial community Participants in technology groups include various SMEs and downstream users (e.g. automotive and electronics industry) Horizontal group participants include NGOs, consultants, etc.

9 29 Sept 2005 Scientific Networking for Integration9 The vision for 2025 and beyond The European chemical and associated industries will remain competitive based on technology leadership and innovation. Mastering the molecular scale (as in nanotechnology and biotechnology) will yield new generations of products with enhanced properties leading to new applications in many industrial sectors. Better use of chemistry and biotechnology will enable increased eco-efficiency of the industry. The industry will have a reputation as a reliable, safe, and responsible partner in society. Europe will provide an effective framework for chemical and biotechnological innovation and will strengthen its excellent skill base.

10 29 Sept 2005 Scientific Networking for Integration10 Challenges faced National interests Interests of different players (within and between stakeholder groups) Ensure involvement of stakeholders, e.g. NGOs Getting the right people involved Impact (?)

11 29 Sept 2005 Scientific Networking for Integration11 Future process Definition of SRA and implementation plan Strategic Research Agenda 25 November, London Implementation Action Plan July 2006, Munich Implementation ( …) FP7, and beyond Alignment with national initiatives, ERAnets, etc. (only about 5% of European research funding from the EU)

12 29 Sept 2005 Scientific Networking for Integration12 Conclusions SusChem – a renewed impulse to EU chemistry R&D and innovation Without chemistry sustainable development cannot be accomplished – chemistry is part of the solution ! Immediate focus on FP 7 but also long-term focus including national and regional initiatives SRA agreed upon by industry, academia and other stakeholders Innovation for and in Europe Chemistry isnt everything but everything is nothing without chemistry


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