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New agenda

In March, SusChem announced the publication

of a new strategic innovation and research

agenda (SIRA), which sets out the innovation

priorities for the ETP in the short and medium

term. The new document highlights the role of

the chemical industry in boosting innovation in

Europe and the potential for sustainable

chemistry technologies to tackle the Societal

Challenges outlined in the EU’s research and

innovation framework programme.

The SIRA also explains the strategy and role of

SusChem in the context of Europe 2020, and

highlights a portfolio of sustainable chemistry

R&I actions that the platform believes can make

a significant contribution to improving

competitiveness and sustainability in the EU,

address societal challenges, and contribute to

achieving jobs and inclusive growth.

The new SIRA introduces major changes from

the past SRA by addressing new topics such as

ICT and manufacturing, and new business

models, as well as promoting collaboration

along the value chains in the domains of the

bioeconomy, energy, mobility and health. It also

outlines the crucial links between SusChem’s

priorities and the Key Enabling Technologies

(KET) that Europe is both pushing forward and

investing in. The KETs are: biotechnology,

nanotechnology, advanced materials, advanced

manufacturing and processing, micro-

electronics and nano-electronics, and photonics.

Announcing the SIRA, which was also debated

at the SusChem stakeholder event in June

2014, Dr Klaus Sommer, chairman of the

SusChem board, said: “Everything we do should

be focused on ultimately improving societal

conditions, in particular with respect to

sustainability – working for ‘people, planet and


he direct and indirect contributions of Europe’s chemical

industry account for around 20% of the EU’s annual GDP

in terms of gross value added. The European chemistry

industry works alongside nearly all value chains and across

industrial sectors ranging from pharmaceuticals, crop protection,

automotive, defence, construction, textiles, electronics and

consumer goods. Chemistry also plays a pivotal role in

supporting Europe 2020, the European Commission’s growth

strategy to transform the Union into a smart, sustainable and

inclusive economy.

Established in 2004, the European Technology Platform (ETP) for

Sustainable Chemistry (SusChem) is the voice of the chemical industry

and its stakeholders, including research technology organisations,

academia and governmental policy groups. The organisation provides

input for the formulation of topics into the work programmes of Horizon

2020 and other EU initiatives. According to Dr Jacques Komornicki,

innovation manager at SusChem, “industry doesn’t work in isolation”.

SusChem has three core missions namely “strategy (the main output

of the ETP is to publish a strategic research agenda (SRA)); to mobilise

members; and to disseminate its activities. SusChem also focuses on

ensuring current technology priorities of the chemical industry are

clearly communicated to the Commission and eventually represented

in project calls.” This is the essence of the dialogue between the ETPs

and the Commission.


H O R I Z O N 2 0 2 0 P R O J E C T S : P O R TA L



Connecting with chemistry

In an interview with


SusChem innovation manager

Dr Jacques Komornicki

detailed the priorities of the European Technology Platform’s new strategic

innovation and research agenda

SusChem addresses

five of Horizon 2020’s

seven Societal

Challenges, including

the bioeconomy

and energy

Dr Jacques Komornicki