Planet – Ambitions

Boosting the circular economy through innovation

In the industry of the 21st century, reducing environmental impacts throughout the life-cycle of a product is a key priority.

The sector invests massively in innovation to strive for minimal emissions from its production sites. As a result, the environmental impact of the combined chemicals, plastics and life sciences industry has dropped to record lows, achieving a genuine decoupling of industrial growth from emissions in many areas. This has been achieved by implementing the best available techniques, with experts from the sector contributing intensively to the development of these ambitious yet realistic standards.

By leading by example and by involving its suppliers, its contractors, and its downstream clients in this process, the sector is striving to secure previous environmental achievements and leverage good innovative practices.

essenscia works to ensure a level playing field that enables the industry to continue its operations and attract new investments in Belgium, and thus support and enhance the innovative solutions which the Belgian chemicals and pharmaceutical industries provide.

The sector is a pioneer of the circular economy and remains a key actor in this transition. By identifying and promoting synergies, not only within the industry but also across sectors, companies contribute to a more practical circular economy. essenscia’s partnerships with “Circular Flanders” in Flanders and “Greenwin” in Wallonia illustrate this commitment, and the sector aims to further improve resource efficiency by increasing the uptake of recycled material, by further investing in industrial symbiosis, by investigating the opportunities for renewable resources, and by working together across supply chains.

Key actions

  • Continue to reduce the industry’s environmental impact while ensuring a level playing field with neighbouring countries.
  • Fully engage in the transition to a circular economy.

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