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EU group unveils sustainability proposals

May 17/2011

(ICIS) -- Members of an EU research group have unveiled new proposals for partnerships between Europe’s chemicals industry and the public sector that promote sustainability, the group said on Tuesday.

Sustainable Chemistry (SusChem), a group of stakeholders in the chemicals industry founded by the European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) and EuropaBio, unveiled the proposals at a meeting in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

The partnerships are designed to bring together both private and public actors at the EU, national and regional levels to tackle such challenges as climate change and energy security.

The first partnership proposal, “resource efficiency”, aims to use a demonstration plant to find ways of reducing C02 emissions by 50% and increasing the use of renewable feedstocks by 20% beyond 2020.

The second proposal, “water-efficient Europe”, would reduce competition between the public and private sectors for scarce water resources.

The third proposal, “smart cities”, would improve energy conservation and the renovation of urban housing stock, said SusChem officials.

The final proposal, “raw materials for a modern society”, would research new materials and methods for improving recycling to tackle the scarcity of resources.

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