Press Releases

Chemical Industry Calls for Global Data Sharing on Chemicals to Improve Chemical Safety Worldwide

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY (April 2, 2019) – The International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA), the voice of the global chemical industry, is calling for the creation of an “international navigator” – a global repository of publicly available information on chemicals. This proposal is one of a series of recommendations issued by ICCA on the sound management of chemicals and waste beyond 2020 ahead of the third Open Ended Working Group (OEWG-3) meeting to discuss the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) post-2020.

“ICCA believes that beyond 2020, the SAICM framework should maintain its voluntary, multi-stakeholder, multi-sectorial nature, and continue to focus on its core work: building basic chemicals management capacity in countries that need it most,” said Cal Dooley, ICCA Council Secretary […]

Chemical Industry’s Innovations Contribute to Solving Our World’s Sustainability Challenges

NAIROBI, KENYA (March 18, 2019) – At the close of the fourth United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-4), governments, businesses, and civil society organizations have agreed on a number of commitments to tackle our world’s sustainability challenges. As the global voice of the chemical industry, the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) remains steadfast in our role for driving progress across all three dimension of sustainable development – environmental, social and economic – and is helping to address and overcome the world’s most pressing sustainability challenges.

“Governments, industry and a range of stakeholders have come together at UNEA-4 with the goal of making significant progress towards the sound management of chemicals and waste worldwide. As the chemical industry, we are ideally placed […]

Chemical Industry Contributes $5.7 Trillion to Global GDP and Supports 120 Million Jobs, New Report Shows

Chemical Industry Plays Crucial Role in Regional Economies in Every Corner of the World
NAIROBI, KENYA (March 11, 2019) – In conjunction with the beginning of the Fourth United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-4), today the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) released an analysis of the chemical industry’s contributions to the global economy: The Global Chemical Industry: Catalyzing Growth and Addressing Our World’s Sustainability Challenges. According to the report, the chemical industry touches nearly every good-producing sector, making an estimated $5.7 trillion contribution to world Gross Domestic Product (GDP) through direct, indirect and induced impacts, equivalent to seven percent of the world’s GDP, and supporting 120 million jobs worldwide.

“The innovations developed and produced by the chemical industry’s longstanding presence worldwide […]

ICCA Publishes Responsible Care® Status Report for 2018

The ICCA Responsible Care® Status Report 2018 has now been published and is available for download here.

Providing the Global Picture for 2018, it gathers full reporting from 37 Chemical Industry associations from around the world as well as partial reporting from a further 12. The lead chemical organisations for four more nations have been added since the last Status Report in 2015, and the report details progress, performance, process safety and KPIs across Health and Safety, Environment, Resources and Distribution. It also features case studies highlighting a variety of actions across diverse markets from USA and Spain through to India and the Arabian Gulf.

Responsible Care® has been the global chemical industry’s premier performance initiative for more than 30 years and […]

Statement René van Sloten on behalf of Marco Mensink at OPCW 4th Review Conference

23 November 2018, The Hague
Mr Chairman,
Director-General Arias,
Excellencies,
Distinguished delegates and colleagues,

I am René van Sloten, Executive Director with Cefic, the European Chemical Industry Council. On behalf of Cefic Director General Marco Mensink, presently also ICCA Council Secretary, it is a great honour and pleasure for me to address you in his place today. The International Council of Chemical Associations represents the global chemical industry with over 90% of global chemical sales.

Firstly, I recall the unwavering support of ICCA for the object and purpose of the Chemical Weapons Convention. The preamble of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) states that …”Achievements in the field of chemistry should be exclusively for the benefit of mankind” and we wholeheartedly share that objective. The chemical industry’s support of the CWC is a natural extension […]

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 […]

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 […]

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)
For Immediate Release
Media Contacts:
Sarah Jane Scruggs/ACC : sarah_scruggs@americanchemistry.com
Irene van Luijken/Cefic : ivl@cefic.be

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 […]