This brings about a very good alignment with Horizon 2020 and the
Societal Challenges that were defined in Europe 2020. On top of that,
we have seen a new area that will become more important in the future:
the contribution of ICT to the chemical industry. Consequently in the SIRA,
we have a special chapter which focuses on how ICT will assist the
chemical industry moving forward.
To what extent have you received a positive reaction
from your stakeholders to the SIRA?
Last year we discussed the new SIRA with our stakeholders and we
validated all the chapters and topics. This year we talked about how to
implement the agenda and identify the main values of the SIRA; this was
the topic of our stakeholder event in June, which saw discussions on the
barriers that we need to overcome.
One of the main overarching goals in Europe is to create economic
growth and jobs, and we know that the SMEs play a big role in this. SMEs
are very important to SusChem and one of the main problems they have
is gaining access to large companies. Therefore, this year we held a
special event allowing innovative SMEs to pitch to the big companies.
The SMEs involved have innovative technologies within SusChem’s areas
of interests. We need to identify these innovative technologies and how
we can deliver them. To help encourage the participation of SMEs in
Horizon 2020, SusChem is also releasing an SME funding guidance kit.
How would you assess the development of Horizon
2020 so far?
Innovation is an important priority to Europe, from the highest political
level to the implementation of calls under Horizon 2020. Many of the
framework programme’s calls reflect SusChem’s priorities, and we see
chemical companies really participating in the calls.
SusChem contributed to the content of the work programmes for
Horizon 2020, and based on the 2014-2015 work programmes, we
undertook an analysis of how the content fits with SusChem’s priorities.
profit’. Our work will be fully justified if we can
simultaneously create jobs, improve the
environment and generate greater economic
success and wellbeing.
“In this spirit, the new SIRA is a great
opportunity for SusChem and sustainable
chemistry research and innovation across
Europe. The SIRA will add value to the societal,
scientific and industrial debate and help us to
focus on the real challenges we face.”
To discuss the SIRA in greater detail, as well as
SusChem’s contribution to Horizon 2020 and
the importance of SMEs, Portal spoke to
Komornicki, who began by outlining the new
What are the main changes
introduced in the new SIRA?
Industry has been organised through the ETP
to have a dialogue with the EU on its research
and innovation agenda. Considering the existing
technology priorities of industry, ten years since
the publication of the first SIRA, and a move
more towards innovation, it was important to
update the content. In particular with Horizon
2020, there is a movement from research to
innovation that is even more industry driven.
With this in mind, SusChem decided there was
a need to publish a new agenda to redefine and
rephrase our strategy regarding research and
innovation in Europe’s chemical industry.
Instead of talking about technologies, what we
have decided to do in the new SIRA is define
how we see the societal challenges of Europe
and the solutions we are working on. This
therefore means that there is a good alignment
between our SIRA and the Societal Challenges
that have been defined by the EU.
SusChem covers five Societal Challenges,
namely climate action, the bioeconomy, energy,
health, and transport. In addition, there are
cross-cutting KETs which are not directly
connected to one challenge but can be used to
address different challenges. We are focusing
on the KETs because sustainable chemistry
deals with four of these enabling technologies.www.horizon2020projects.com
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The ETP is working
closely with the
on devising the next
work programme for