VCI press release dated May 3, 2021:
The Chemistry4Climate initiative, unique in its form, starts its work today. The project, in which a total of 70 partners from industry, non-governmental organizations and politics are involved, has set itself an ambitious goal: In the coming months, joint recommendations for action on climate protection are to be developed for the German government. The initiative was launched by the VCI (Chemical Industry Association) and VDI (German Engineers' Association) associations, and the participating companies come from the chemical, energy, waste disposal, plant engineering, buildings and transport sectors, as well as other energy-intensive industries. The Federal Environment Ministry is funding the project for two years with more than 600,000 euros, with Minister Svenja Schulze acknowledging its great importance for Germany as an industrial location as a whole.
"We are proud to have attracted so many experts from industry, civil society and politics to this unique project," says VCI President Christian Kullmann. "We will develop concrete proposals across industries on key aspects that can actually be translated into practical policy. There are more than enough papers with blanket political messages from all sides."
The experts will now address the central issues in various working groups. An important basis for this is the VCI study on the industry target of greenhouse gas neutrality by 2050, which the association presented in fall 2019. It shows that the political climate protection targets for the energy-intensive industries are technically achievable. At the same time, it makes clear that gigantic amounts of renewable electricity will be needed to achieve this. "We must simultaneously reduce emissions, secure our competitiveness and invest massively in new technologies," Kullmann clarifies. "This can only work if industry and politics act together here."
The "Energy and Infrastructure" working group focuses on establishing facts about the overall energy balance, planning the necessary infrastructure for the supply of renewable energies and hydrogen, and other energy management issues. The working group "Circular Economy and Raw Material Supply" deals with the generation of a new raw material base and the technologies required for this. In addition, possible research projects, lighthouses and real laboratories will be identified. The task of the third working group will then be to define suitable regulatory framework conditions and appropriate policy instruments on the basis of the results of the first two groups.
The VCI represents the economic policy interests of more than 1,700 German chemical and pharmaceutical companies and German subsidiaries of foreign groups vis-ŕ-vis politicians, authorities, other sectors of industry, the scientific community and the media. In 2020, the industry turned over just under 190 billion euros and employed around 464,000 people.
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