Electrification and innovation in the European chemical industry

The EU’ ambitious climate and circularity objectives call for the successful development and deployment of a portfolio of advanced process technologies and their combination in the chemical industry. Major technological priorities for the reduction of GHG emissions include the integration of climate neutral energy in particular through indirect electrification and direct electrification of chemical processes including through the utilisation of alternative energy forms.

Such electrification technologies can also contribute to carbon circularity through the utilisation of alternative carbon feedstock as well as the production of hydrogen with a reduced carbon footprint for existing and expected higher future use of hydrogen in the European chemical industry.

A presentation by Sophie Wilmet, Senior Manager Innovation at European Chemical Industry Council – Cefic.

About Sophie Wilmet
Sophie Wilmet joined the European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) in 2007. Currently Senior Manager Innovation in charge of low CO2 emissions technologies technologies, she is a member of the Partnership Board of the Public-Private Partnership Processes4Planet (SPIRE) and is also actively involved in the European Technology Platform for Sustainable Chemistry (SusChem). She graduated as a chemical engineer in France and holds a PhD in chemistry.

About European Chemical Industry Council – Cefic
Cefic, the European Chemical Industry Council, founded in 1972, is the voice of large, medium and small chemical companies across Europe, which provide 1.2 million jobs and account for approximately about 15% of world chemicals production.

Cefic is devoted to promoting a thriving chemical industry that is broadly recognised to:

  • provide sustainable, safe and resource efficient solutions,
  • foster prosperity, growth and investments in Europe,
  • provide safe and resource efficient solutions to meet the challenges for future generations.

The Association’s mission is to:

  • serve its members by generating and aggregating scientific knowledge that fosters the purpose of the Association in critical areas,
  • offer services and expertise to its members in regulatory, scientific and technical matters,
  • engage, advocate and represent the industry in order to create the right support and policy frameworks in Europe and beyond,
  • add value as a collective compared to individual companies’ activities.

Sophie Wilmet is speaker at the 2022 edition of the Green Chemistry Conference..

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