EU’s next programme for research and innovation should focus its “moonshot” missions on low carbon industries and innovative materials that are less harmful to the environment, according to a position paper published by the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC)
CEFIC recommends that Framework Programme 9 should focus on “three essential missions”:
- Low carbon industries
- Greener materials & recycling
- Affordable and abundant low carbon energy for all
According to the paper, the chemical industry is keen to play a leading role in the transition to a carbon neutral economy. The industry could reduce its carbon footprint by developing “innovative, sustainable and efficient production processes, and development of synergies between industrial actors and urban infrastructures,” the paper reads.
The industry also wants to help develop advanced materials for the low carbon economy, such as innovative insulations for buildings, batteries, photovoltaics and wind blades.
“In addition, we will contribute to and support missions proposed by others linked to relevant products and value chains such as health and urbanization,” the paper reads.
The full paper is available here.