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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

R&I roadmap.

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.

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The ETP is working

closely with the

European Commission

on devising the next

work programme for

Horizon 2020