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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 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 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 […]

ICCA at COP22 – What is next?

Following the Paris Agreement entry into force, the Parties to the Agreement held their first meeting in November 2016 (Marrakesh), with the intent of opening a new chapter on global climate action.

COP22 marked the beginning of a multi-year deliberation on how best to operationalize the broad goals included in the Paris Agreement. Among the unresolved, critical issues relative to the Agreement at the international level include: identifying the role of carbon markets in meeting national commitments, establishing a process to report and update on national pledges to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and identifying how best to utilize technology innovations to meet climate policy goals, et. al. As governments navigate these thorny issues, we believe the chemical industry, and the […]

ICCA and the Chemical Weapons Convention

ICCA Council Secretary Speaks at the 21st Session of the Conference of the States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) in the Hague.
Mr. Chairman, Ambassador Űzűmcű, Distinguished Delegates and Guests: I am Cal Dooley, the President and CEO of the American Chemistry Council.  I have the privilege of serving as the Council Secretary of the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA), on whose behalf I am pleased to make these remarks.

 

ICCA and its member associations particularly appreciate the commitment of the Conference of States Parties (CSP) to regularly engage the chemical industry and scientific organizations.  Your decision several years ago to extend industry a standing invitation to address the CSP plenary is an important indication of your continued interest […]

The Chemical Industry at COP-22

ICCA at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP 22)
Successful implementation of the landmark Paris Agreement hinges in large part on the private sector both informing and transforming international policy directives on climate into action by investing, developing and deploying innovations to address global sustainability challenges, including reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Chemistry plays a key role in the development of solutions, such as more efficient modes of transport, heating energy carriers, and carbon capture and sequestration. To create the supportive environment needed to address the global climate challenge, it is important for the international community to reap and expand the chemical sciences potential by helping to bridge the gap between a product […]

The Value of Partnerships

ICCA president Mark Rohr explains how partnerships can lead to progress in three key areas in 2016. Read the op-ed now.