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SusChem attends Industrial Technologies 2014

BRUSSELS, April, 2014. The European Technology Platform for Sustainable Chemistry (SusChem) joined forces with the Greek Presidency of the EU to promote Smart Growth through Research and Innovation at the European Commission’s major Industrial Technologies 2014 event which took place in Athens from 9 – 11 April.

BRUSSELS, April, 2014. The European Technology Platform for Sustainable Chemistry (SusChem) joined forces with the Greek Presidency of the EU to promote Smart Growth through Research and Innovation at the European Commission’s major Industrial Technologies 2014 event taking place in Athens from 9 – 11 April. The Industrial Technologies 2014 conference is part of the programme of the Greek Presidency of the EU and integrates nanotechnology, biotechnology, advanced materials and new production technologies; all areas where SusChem has a leading role in coordinating and initiating research and innovation projects and programmes. SusChem joined to demonstrate its broad influence in pushing forward industrial technologies and competitiveness in Europe in collaboration with many partners. Sustainable chemistry is a key enabler to ensure competitiveness in Europe and a vital component of almost all value chains across the continent. Dr. Jacques Komornicki, Cefic Innovation Manager and SusChem Manager, led the SusChem team at Industrial Technologies 2014 and said: 'SusChem is at Industrial Technologies 2014 to continue to provide input into the Horizon 2020 programme as it evolves and to ensure that sustainable chemistry remains at the forefront of European innovation.' Dr. Komornicki is a member of the external advisory group for the conference. Stand B6 The SusChem stand was at Booth B6 in the exhibition area and highlighted how innovation and chemistry can help tackle societal challenges. As well as highlighting SusChem and its European and national technology platform network, the stand featured the two major SusChem inspired public-private partnerships under Horizon 2020: • BioBased Industry Consortium (BIC) JTI – using renewable resources and innovative technologies to create greener everyday products • Sustainable Process Industries through Resource and Energy Efficiency (SPIRE) contractual PPP – dedicated to resource and energy efficiency across multiple process sectors The stand also showcased four on-going SusChem FP7-funded projects: • Bio-Tic – assessing the future of European industrial biotechnology • CRM_InnoNet – substitution of critical raw materials • MatVal – a value chain approach to materials research and innovation • R4R – resource and energy efficiency in the regional chemical industry These projects exemplify SusChem’s strategic approach. 'The FP7 projects show how the knowledge we gain from these projects then feeds into our strategic research and innovation agenda,' commented Dr. Komornicki. Conference speakers SusChem was also taking a leading role in the conference sessions. Dr. Gernot Klotz, Cefic Executive Director Research and Innovation, spoke in the plenary session on ‘Horizon 2020, NMP and Regional Funds Research Strategies’. This plenary session investigated how the mission of Horizon2020 can help target regional growth and promote ‘SusChem’ enabling technologies, and how this will benefit everyday life and society at large. Also at the conference Antonia Morales Perez, Cefic Innovation Manager, was chairing the session entitled ‘Ensuring availability and security of water supplies – New business opportunities for European industry’. Morales Perez said, 'Ensuring the security of our water supplies is challenging in Europe because the water business is not considered to be very profitable and needs a broader perspective since water affects not only citizens and water sectors, but also has a strong impact on industry activity and growth.' She continued: 'The chemical sector is committed to collaborating with other sectors for the benefit of Europe and our focus here today is on how the chemical Industry can help boost sustainable water management.' Other sustainable chemistry speakers can be found featured throughout the conference programme. Editors notes More information on the European Technology Platform for Sustainable Chemistry (SusChem) can be found here: http://www.suschem.org More information on the on Sustainable Process Industry through Resource and Energy Efficiency (SPIRE) Public Private partnership (PPP) can be found here: http://www.spire2030.eu/ More information on the Bio-Based Industries Joint Technology Initiative (JTI) can be found here: http://www.biconsortium.eu For more information on the Bio-Tic FP7 project: http://www.industrialbiotech-europe.eu/ For more information on the CRM_InnoNet FP7 project: http://www.criticalrawmaterials.eu/ For more information on the MatVal FP7 project: http://www.matval.eu/ For more information on the R4R FP7 project: http://www.regions4resource.eu

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