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ICCA: growing role of petrochemicals in IEA report on the Future of Petrochemicals will lead to further enhancement of GHG emissions savings and improved plastic recycling

ICCA welcomes the report the International Energy Agency (IEA) published on Friday 5 October, entitled “The Future of Petrochemicals – Towards more sustainable plastics and fertilisers.” The reports recognizes the enabling role of petrochemicals for modern societies in their contribution to the production of multiple low-carbon solutions and technical applications such as solar panels, wind turbine blades, batteries, and electric vehicle parts.

ICCA shares IEA’s view that a growing global economy, a rising population and technological developments, will lead to an increase of petrochemicals products, and with that petrochemicals will become the largest driver of global oil consumption beyond 2030, especially in view of the decrease of oil demands for fuels.

The global chemical industry also recognizes the need to address environmental […]

ICCA Statement on Promoting Global Chemicals Trade in the 21st Century

ICCA is a dedicated supporter of free trade and the rules-based, multilateral trading system as embodied by the World Trade Organization (WTO). Its 164 members today represent over 98 percent
of international trade. We view the WTO as the champion for fostering economic growth and innovation, establishing fair competition, and driving foreign investment and development around the
world. The chemical industry, in particular, is the enabler industry, serving as the key input for 96% of all manufacturing and a solution provider for major global environmental and societal challenges.
Our industry stands to benefit when the WTO addresses both tariffs and non-tariff barriers to trade in chemicals and in sectors that consumer chemicals.

The global chemical industry engages in over $2 trillion in world trade. […]

ICCA and UN Environment Host Symposium to Find Innovative Solutions in Achieving a Circular Economy

Symposium to Set Priorities for Attaining the Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste in the Context of a Circular Economy
CHENGDU, CHINA (September 11, 2018) – Today, experts from various regions, sectors and backgrounds will convene in Chengdu, China to identify opportunities, address challenges and facilitate innovative solutions that will unlock the full potential of a Circular Economy. Hosted by the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) and UN Environment, and supported by the China Petroleum and Chemical Industry Federation (CPCIF), participants share knowledge and experience of the technologies, business models, financing structures, and policy conditions required to fully achieve circularity. As an end product, government, academia, non-governmental organizations and industry will develop key messages and tangible next steps which they […]

ICCA and UN Environment Host Circular Economy Symposium

We live in a world of an ever-growing population with increasing demands, but limited resources. It is crucial, therefore, to use those limited resources efficiently and develop innovative business models that maximize resource-efficiency along the entire value chain, enable and accelerate materials reuse and recycling, and promote restorative and regenerative processes. To encourage sustainable consumption and efficient use of resources, there have been efforts to promote practices that build circularity in our economies, while, at the same time, enabling economic development, fostering the adoption of social standards and protecting human health and the environment.

ICCA and UN Environment Issue Joint Press Statement

Today, experts from various regions, sectors and backgrounds will convene in Chengdu, China to identify opportunities, address challenges and facilitate […]

International Council of Chemicals Association Statement on Climate Policy

Climate change is a global challenge that requires long-term commitment and action by every segment of society.  A combination of technology, market-based and policy solutions will be necessary to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and achieve climate goals, such as those of the Paris Agreement.

The chemical industry and innovations in chemistry are part of the climate change solution.  As a significant manufacturing sector, we are continuously improving the energy efficiency and intensity of our own operations.  And we are putting our brightest minds to work developing transformational technologies that cut emissions, improve energy efficiency and enable a socially, environmentally and economically sustainable future.

Chemistry is Essential to Overcoming Societal Challenges

The chemical industry creates revolutionary products and materials that are essential to […]

Industry Stands Committed to SAICM’s Success in Order to Achieve Sound Chemicals Management

NEW YORK, NEW YORK (JULY 17, 2018) – Today, at the United Nations High Level Political Forum, the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) is joined by stakeholders and governments from around the world to reiterate our commitment and share innovative ideas for improving the safe management of chemicals and waste globally. Guiding our journey is the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM), a voluntary, multi-stakeholder approach that enables all relevant stakeholders to contribute to building a stronger foundation for sound management of chemicals and waste more broadly than any alternative approach.

SAICM’s multi-stakeholder approach enables governments of developed and developing nations, as well as non-governmental organizations, industry, and other supporters to partner and collaborate in ways that would not […]

Argentina Event Holds Promise of Strengthening Country’s Commitment to the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM)

Over the past three decades, production and trade of chemicals have grown significantly in the South American country, Argentina. Argentina has many existing instruments related to the management of chemicals and has been a long-standing member of Responsible Care® for more than 20 years through its local host association Cámara de la Industria Química y Petroquímica (CIQyP).

Recently, Argentina was granted funding from the UN Special Programme for a project to “Strengthen the national capacity for the sound management of chemicals and waste.” The Special Programme aims to support institutional strengthening at the national level to enhance the implementation of the chemicals and waste conventions and achieve the  2020 goal of sound chemicals management under the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals […]

ICCA Statement on The Hague Ethical Guidelines

A strong supporter of the Chemical Weapons Convention, ICCA maintains a constant dialogue with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which is responsible for overseeing the implementation of the Convention. It is also a member of the group of chemistry practitioners created by the OPCW to promote peaceful uses of chemistry for the benefit of all.

This group of 39 scientists and chemistry professionals from 29 countries produced the ‘The Hague Ethical Guidelines’ https://www.opcw.org/special-sections/science-technology/the-hague-ethical-guidelines/ intended to build understanding among the science community and between scientists and society about the culture and practice of responsible science. Disseminating the Guidelines more widely is key to achieving this goal and they have been endorsed by the International Union of Pure and […]

Government, Industry and the United Nations are joining forces in Argentina for sound chemicals and waste management

Three-Day Event Holds Promise of Strengthening Country’s Commitment to the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM)
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BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA (April 26, 2018) – A diverse group of industry, government and international experts have convened in the city of Buenos Aires to support strengthening the sound management of chemicals and waste in Argentina. The meeting, hosted by the Argentine Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development in cooperation with the UN Environment Programme and the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA), aimed to strengthen cooperation between government authorities, industry, the United Nations and other stakeholders in order to improve chemicals and waste management at the national level in Argentina.

“The UN Environment […]

Ongoing collaboration with UN Environment across a range of projects

Following three month working with Cefic and ICCA Jean Balsat is now the junior ICCA consultant at UN Environment.  Working within the UN Environment chemicals and waste branch as part of the secretariat of the SAICM, his role will be to liaise with the industry, increase awareness of the initiatives and facilitate dialogue.

UN Environment and ICCA are currently engaged in five collaborative projects – two country projects in Argentina and Kenya on government-industry cooperation, chemicals regulations and Responsible Care; and three projects concerning data availability on chemicals in commerce, Sustainable Development Goals and Circular Economy. Here are further details on each:

Study on availability of chemicals health and safety information

ICCA is working with UN Environment on a study to demonstrate the […]