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Lower olefins Sector Group (LOSG)

The Lower Olefins Sector Group (LOSG)

Uses and properties

Lower olefins are petrochemical derivatives produced by cracking feedstocks from raw materials such as natural gas and crude oil. The main olefin products are ethylene, propylene, butadiene and C4 derivatives. These petrochemical derivatives are used to produce plastics, as chemical intermediates, and, in some cases, as industrial solvents.

LOSG represents the interests of companies operating petrochemical crackers in Europe.

Issues and regulations

REACH Implementation
The LOA (Lower Olefins Aromatics) Consortium was formed, through which manufacturers have joined efforts to prepare by 30 November 2010 consistent registration dossiers covering 130 to 140 substances within 20 categories.

Ensure that the competitiveness of the petrochemical crackers in Europe is not adversely impacted by the Emissions Trading Scheme.

Industrial Emissions Directive and BREF documents

  • Work with the IPPC Bureau on its updating of the large volume organic organic chemicals Best Available Technique Reference document; in particular the chapter dealing with lower olefins. The EEPC BREF LVOC Issue Group developed in 2015 a background document listing proposals for BAT and BAT-AEL conclusions for the LVOC BREF. These positions focus on a number of issues judged critical for the sector.
  • In April 2016, the IPPC Bureau organized the final TWG meeting.  In a constructive atmosphere, TWG members managed to reach agreement on most BAT and BAT-AEL. For Lower Olefins chapter, there was however disagreement on three items.  Cefic submitted a split view on continuous monitoring.  A number of other split views were emitted by Member States and EEB concerning BAT-AEL limit for NOx and CO emissions.   Following the evaluation of the IPPC Bureau of this split views, the EEPC BREF LVOC Issue Group has developed the following three position papers:
Specific Issues
  • The toxicology group has a multi-annual science programme dealing with fundamental research into lower olefins and their derivatives. Most of these studies are shared with other Cefic sector groups (Ethylene oxide, Propylene oxide) and with American Chemistry Council (ACC) panels.
  • The European Ethylene Producers Committee (EEPC) is dealing with health, safety and environmental issues related to manufacturing and handling of ethylene. The committee is composed of two-thirds ethylene producers and one-third engineering companies. It provides a forum for the communication of non-confidential information and non-confidential expertise concerning the manufacture and handling of ethylene.
  • In 2018, the topic of the annual EEPC workshop will be the latest safety and quality innovations on turnarounds. This workshop will take place on 21-22 February 2018 in Barcelona. 
  • The annual EEPC conference will take place this year in Dubrovnik, Croatia from 24 to 26 October 2018. Last year's conference had a record attendance with 169 delegates and 24 sponsors.
  • The group is actively discussing different couplings on railcars used for butadiene and butadiene containing streams


Contact/Further information

Philip de Smedt, Sector Group Manager
Tel. + 32 2 676 7272


Full Members
BP Refining & Petrochemicals
BP Europa SE
Dow Europe
Evonik Industries
ExxonMobil Chemical

LyondellBasell Industries
Repsol Quimica
Sabic Europe
Sabic UK Petrochemicals
Shell Chemicals
Total Petrochemicals & Refining

Associated Member
United Chemical Company

Chairman: Ralph Croes, Dow

Hans Rovers, LyondellBasell
Jens Utecht, BASF

More information

LOA (Lower Olefins and Aromatics) REACH consortium press release