COP21, the most anticipated event of the year, has now started. While countries come to the negotiating table to find a global agreement, we feel it is our duty to remind our political leadership of the importance of the moment and its implications for European industry.
Green is the warmest colour
Before climate change was on everyone’s mind, our technology was already contributing to reducing energy consumption in a huge range of sectors that impact all aspects of our daily life. From buildings to transportation and refrigeration, polyurethane (PU) materials enhance the energy efficiency of goods and infrastructures and help save our planet’s natural resources.
And this is only the beginning! Our member companies and their customers constantly innovate and improve the PU’s performance and recyclability in order for users to be 100% sure that by using polyurethane they contribute to preserving the Earth’s resources.
In addition, the industry has profoundly changed itself and taken immense strides over the past 20 years to go beyond existing climate and energy rules. Through self-regulation and impeccable compliance to European and national rules, we managed to cut down on our emissions at all stages of the manufacturing process and become more energy efficient.
We have also been thought leaders in environmental industrial sustainability, introducing, in 1995, Life Cycle Thinking in our operations. Our objective has always been to better understand the environmental impact of our industry and products, so that we take most informed decisions when environmental protection is needed.
Be ambitious, be smart and make Europe competitive again!
As leaders come together in Paris, the chemical industry reminds them of the invisible yet essential role chemistry plays in developing the most innovative solutions without which climate targets could not be met. Despite what one may think, industry and the environment can go hand in hand.
Industrial competitiveness is therefore key to meet European and global environmental objectives. European policy makers in Paris must ensure that energy-intensive industries are not exposed to an investment leakage that would lead to further deindustrialisation on our continent.
ISOPA, over the years, has spoken up in favour of smart regulation that accounts for the challenges that doing business in Europe implies. Today more than ever, as Europe struggles to recover from the economic downturn, decoupling climate and economic development policies could put industry at risk in Europe. The road to decarbonisation would take us nowhere without the chemical industry.
So, in Paris, be ambitious, be “smart” and make Europe competitive again.