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ICCA ensures representation at SAICM Bureau and Upcoming Meetings

ICCA has nominated Servet Gören to serve as the industry representative at the SAICM Bureau.  Her main role is to ensure that the industry’s views are incorporated into the SAICM processes – including the Intersessional Process and the Open Ended Working Group (OEWG).

The next Intersessional Process meeting will be held on 12-16 March 2018 in Stockholm.  In the meantime, Regional Meetings are scheduled for January and February in Bangkok and Panama City (see Calendar section at the end of this newsletter).

ICCA is very active in providing input to the relevant documents that will guide the discussion at upcoming meetings and also ensures that its key messages are conveyed and taken up at regional meetings.

The date and venue of the next […]

ICCA Traineeship on global chemicals management

Jean Balsat joins Cefic this month on a three-month traineeship. One of his tasks is to work on ICCA activities related to global chemicals management,  with a specific focus on Responsible Care®.  Jean will oversee joint capacity building projects between industry and UN Environment and also be involved in activities related to desk studies on SDGs and knowledge and information.

By the end of his training Jean will have become familiar with worldwide chemical industry issues and challenges and be equipped to secure a potential position with UN Environment and act as the ICCA contact for the SAICM Secretariat.

A French national, Jean holds two Master’s degrees: in Environmental Economics and Sustainable Development and in Local and Regional Economics, Urban Planning and […]

ICCA Contributes Solutions to Tackling The Global Challenge To Clean Up Our Planet And #Beatpollution

UN Environment is calling on governments, businesses, civil society organizations, and any other interested groups or institutions to join the fight to #BeatPollution.
Read more about ICCA’s committment to tackle this global challenge.

About ICCA

The International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) represents chemical manufacturers and producers around the world. We are the worldwide voice of the chemical industry with our members accounting for more than 90 percent of global chemical sales, and more than 20 million employees around the world. We help the chemical industry by tackling global issues and helping the industry improve continuously.

ICCA Commits to #BeatPollution

ICCA is an association of innovators, visionaries, solutions providers, and product stewardship pioneers. Above all, we are optimists. What others see as challenges, we see […]

Chemical industry has significant potential to contribute to a low carbon world

Study finds sector contributions could deliver emissions reductions in excess of total US annual emissions and help support Paris climate agreement target

Brussels, 27 October 2017; a study released this week finds that the global chemical industry has the possibility to make an important contribution to a low carbon future. It demonstrates how solutions from the chemical sector could enable significant emission reductions and support the UNFCCC Paris Agreement for restricting global warming to “well below 2 degrees Celsius” by the end of the century.

Undertaken earlier this year by energy and climate experts Ecofys, a Navigant company, the study calculates avoided emissions across four key chemical industry value chains: buildings, transport, renewable power and food packaging. The findings show the chemical […]

Highlights from ICCA spring meetings

In March and April, the ICCA CP&H LG, ICCA RC LG, ICCA E&CC LG and ICCA Steering Committee held their first annual face-to-face meetings to define the agendas for the year.

The ICCA Steering Committee held its annual spring meeting in Brussels April 4 and 5.  The meeting was filled with productive discussion and punctuated by two exciting team building opportunities for attendees to refine their Italian cooking skills and to enjoy an exclusive dinner at the top of the Atomium, one of Brussel’s most popular attractions.

The Steering Committee members considered many issues that had been developed and discussed at the joint meeting of the CP&H and RC leadership groups in Berlin earlier in Mach.

Highlights included:

An acknowledgement that marine debris is […]

Pakistan Chemical Manufacturers Association and Croatian Chemical Industry Association Commit to Responsible Care

The Responsible Care Leadership Group (RCLG) welcomed two new national chemical associations, in Pakistan and Croatia, at its biannual meeting in March in Berlin.

Abrar Ahmed, Vice Chairman of the Pakistan Chemical Manufacturers Association (PCMA), welcomed the RCLG’s decision and said PCMA “has achieved this milestone in a remarkably short timeframe.”

To date, 11 large Pakistani chemical companies have signed on to both the Global Charter and the Responsible Care Declaration of Support, with others expected to follow in the near future; implementation is under way at four companies, and PCMA has targeted three for independent verification by the year end. PCMA’s verification system is based on the American Chemistry Council’s RC14001 approach.

In terms of capacity building, the association plans workshops throughout […]

Highlights from ICCA spring meetings

In March and April, the ICCA CP&H LG, ICCA RC LG, ICCA E&CC LG and ICCA Steering Committee held their first annual face-to-face meetings to define the agendas for the year.

The ICCA Steering Committee held its annual spring meeting in Brussels April 4 and 5.  The meeting was filled with productive discussion and punctuated by two exciting team building opportunities for attendees to refine their Italian cooking skills and to enjoy an exclusive dinner at the top of the Atomium, one of Brussel’s most popular attractions.

The Steering Committee members considered many issues that had been developed and discussed at the joint meeting of the CP&H and RC leadership groups in Berlin earlier in Mach.

Highlights included:

An acknowledgement that marine debris is […]

Industry enhances cooperation with OPCW

ICCA has from the outset been a strong supporter of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and its effort to implement the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). Since 2015 the relationship has gained a new quality. In a brief interview, Rene Van Sloten, Cefic Executive Director for Industrial Policy, explains the rationale behind it.
“Improved cooperation with the OPCW offers ICCA a unique opportunity to have a structured dialogue with the organization and to reach out to industry and governments in emerging economies to further promote Responsible Care. This opportunity fits well with the ICCA objective of expanding the Responsible Care ethic in particular regions and countries”, he states.

In a nutshell: what does OPCW stand for?

“The OPCW was set […]

Strengthening Responsible Care brand

Although the Responsible Care brand is well-known and respected as a concept, the actual knowledge about what the initiative is and what it offers could be further strengthened, notably within international bodies such as UN Environment. Obviously, the current state of communications about the program is insufficient in providing key stakeholders a practical understanding of the initiative, in particular what it requires companies to do and how the initiative drives continuous improvement and excellence throughout the global chemical industry in the key performance areas of process safety, occupational safety, environmental protection, security, community outreach, safe chemicals transport and product stewardship.
A Need To Communicating More About Responsible Care® & the Global Product Strategy (GPS) Contributions
As the 2020 SAICM deadline approaches, there […]

GPCA extends Responsible Care® to Logistics Service Providers (LSP)

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, April 27, 2017: In line with its efforts to support the sustainable development of the chemical and petrochemical industry in the Arabian Gulf, the Dubai-based Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA) has launched Responsible Care® for chemical and petrochemical Logistics Service Providers (LSP) in the region.

The decision follows leading examples from developed nations, and is underpinned by the significant contribution of Responsible Care® to the manufacturing sector globally and within the GCC.

In 2014, GPCA continued to lead the sustainability efforts in the region. In line with its aspirations to further contribute to raising the industry’s standards, the association lunched the SQAS program across the GCC to promote supply chain efficiency, flexibility and transparency in the petrochemical […]