We build the Future

From energy efficient houses to electronics, smart clothing, aviation and even space travel, petrochemicals are at the heart of innovation that is shaping tomorrow’s world.

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Petrochemicals in Action

Petrochemistry has done wonders in the fields of transport, hygiene, housing and technology, making our lives far easier than they have ever been in the previous centuries.

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Latest News

Environmental Footprint Compliant Secondary Dataset

ESIG has been collecting industry average data to develop cradle-to-gate life-cycle inventories for several solvents which are part of consumer products to facilitate the calculation of Product or Organisation Environmental Footprints (PEFs/OEFs) and assure that a solid Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) data base for solvent is available.

22/12/2021 - Read more

ESIG Solvent VOC emission inventories 2020

ESIG has finalised its 2020 solvent volatile organic compounds (VOC) emission inventories and results do seem in line with previous numbers: Solvent VOC emissions have stabilized in the EU28 since 2008.

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From Twitter #

Members of the BDO & Derivatives sector group have developed a voluntary product stewardship code for BDO & GBL to prevent diversion of these products for illicit use. Members companies have now signed this code to show commitment. Join the signatory list➡️https://bit.ly/3EQ7UEm

Chemistry is all about you

EPCA released its 3rd video on STEM education in cooperation with Petrochemicals Europe.

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Petrochemicals in action

Discover where petrochemicals are used and how their versatility and properties are invaluable.





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Petrochemical Industry in Europe

300.000 Jobs

145 €Billion/year total sales


95% of manufactured products


26% of total chemical sales

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Solvents – a key ingredient of durable and sustainable materials

When you see solar panels or bridges you probably don’t think that solvents play a big role in making and protecting them. Yet they do. Solvents are essential to glue solar panels together. Coatings with solvents protect infrastructure like bridges and dams from corrosion and rust, extending their lifetime by decades.

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Upcoming Event

ESF 2022 Energy & Sustainability Forum: Decarbonising the Downstream Industry

Petrochemicals Europe/Cefic is pleased to support ESF Europe – Energy & Sustainability Forum, in which our Executive Director Frans Stokman will join as a keynote panelist. Taking place from the 21-23 March in Berlin, ESF is the only event dedicated to decarbonisation climate neutrality and sustainability in downstream oil & gas. Further details can be found on the event website at ESF 2022 by Euro Petroleum Consultants.

Berlin, Germany - Read more