The chemical industry's commitment to sustainability

Responsible Care is an initiative of the whole, worldwide chemical industry, and thereby an initiative to which the petrochemicals industry adheres actively and wholeheartedly. It is a voluntary programme through which the industry is committed to continual improvement in all aspects of health, safety and environmental performance and to open communication about its activities and achievements.

Responsible Care is much more than a set of principles and declarations. Through the sharing of information and a rigorous system of checklists, performance indicators and verification procedures, it has enabled the industry to improve over the years and to develop policies for further improvement. In these ways, Responsible Care helps the industry to operate safely, profitably and with due care for future generations, and also, thereby, to gain the trust of the public.

Under Responsible Care, the industry collects as much data as possible on its health, safety and environmental performance, and reports to stakeholders every year. The process also enables industry federations and companies to share best practice and so improve their performance.

As part of its commitment to Responsible Care, the chemical industry and all its sectors, including the petrochemical makes to transport goods to and from its manufacturing sites and storage locations safely and in full accordance with relevant regulations and codes of practice. Most of the production of olefins –mainly ethylene and propylene- is used on integrated and local sites and transformed into derivatives.  40% is moved mainly by pipe (70%) and ship (20%); the rest is moved by barge or rail. Most of the chemical derivatives produced out of these olefins are then moved to customers by road, and some by rail. 

More about Responsible Care and find out about the health, safety and environmental performance of the chemical industry, on the dedicated page of the Cefic's website. 

Building on the success of Spice3 originally launched in December 2013, Cefic announced in January 2016 a fresh investment round to support this innovative Spice3 project to help European chemical companies to improve their energy efficiency.  Spice3 was the largest ever multilingual online platform for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to enable energy efficiency effort to flourish from the bottom up.