In the coming 15 years the world population will increase by 20% from 6.5 to reach 8 billion inhabitants and the energy demand would increase by 50%, United Nations and the International Energy Agency respectivley estimate.
This trend will affect managing our resources particularly raw materials, energy and water. The price of resources may well continue to increase. Reuse and recyling need to be boosted as well as the use of renewable energy and biomass. Materials, products and processes need to become ‘smarter’, ‘cleaner’ and 'intelligent', so to achieve a really sustainable economy. Consumption patterns and consumer's behaviour also need to evolve.
Chemistry and new sustainable chemical materials and technologies are of paramount importance to contribute achieve those goals and to improve the quality of our life of all of us. Progress in chemistry will help European economy society becoming safer, more sustainable and ‘greener’. This requires breakthrough innovations and a successful European chemical sector – both in academia and industry. Hence the need for research and innovation.
Research and innovation are key drivers for future European competitiveness. Chemistry innovation is a key component of the sustained competitiveness of the chemical sector and more added value here will also mean more jobs in Europe.
To support research and innovation for the development of innovative materials, including sustainable chemical technologies, is part of the mission of the Unit "MATERIALS" within the Directorate "INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGIES".