It sets out the EU’s vision towards a more resource -efficient economy by 2050 as well as the objectives to improve resource efficiency by 2020.
The chemical industry is striving to decouple resource use from production growth. Chemicals serve as input into essentially all sectors, enabling the chemical industry to provide products, materials and technical solutions that improve resource efficiency throughout the value chain and across the economy. Going beyond further incremental improvements will require breakthroughs in production technologies and changes in the behaviour of consumers. A research and innovation agenda on resource efficiency has been put forward through the European Technology Platform for Sustainable Chemistry and in collaboration with several European process industry sectors. The chemical industry favours a resource strategy, which relies on the market for creating incentives to use resources in an efficient way and for producing innovative technologies.