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Press release ¤ Information de presse

May 12, 2006

ACHEMA News: Europe Pooling Forces for Chemical Innovations and

· Key themes of the future: industrial biotechnology, materials, process engineering
· The energy-producing house and chemical raw materials from fields could soon be a reality

Dr. Alfred Oberholz, Chairman of DECHEMA e.V.,
Deputy Chairman of the Board of Management of Degussa AG, Düsseldorf
Plenary lecture, Messe Frankfurt CongressCenter, Room "Fantasie 2"
17 May 2006, 11.00 a.m.

With their Lisbon Declaration of 2000 the heads of states and governments of the EU member states set the goal to make Europe the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economic region. In order to promote, in particular, chemical research, development and innovation in Europe the technology platform "European Technology Platform for Sustainable Chemistry (SusChem)" was founded in 2004 on the joint initiative of Cefic, EuropaBio and the Research Directorate-General of the European Commission. SusChem will make a major contribution to this end and promote the most important R&D subjects of European chemistry in terms of innovation, competitiveness and sustainability within an international and European framework.

The strategic aims of this platform include strengthening the competitiveness of the chemical industry and of chemical and biotechnological research in Europe as well as satisfying society’s needs with respect to food, health, energy and materials, which can be met by sustainable chemistry.

Since then the best minds of European research and industry have met together in working groups to discuss and define the most important research aims. Under the title of "Innovation for a Better Future“ the results were adopted in the "Sustainable Chemistry Strategic Research Agenda 2005 (SRA)“ in November 2005 and presented to the public.

In his plenary lecture on Wednesday, 17 May, Dr. Alfred Oberholz, Chairman of the SusChem Board since August 2005, Chairman of DECHEMA and Deputy Chairman of the Board of Management of Degussa AG, will report on the progress of this important European technology programme, the cooperation between representatives from research and industry, and the new paths and prospects opening up in this field. “SusChem is a unique opportunity for the chemical and biotechnological community in Europe to pool its strengths and the challenges facing society“, emphasizes Oberholz.

SusChem's priorities include the technology areas of reaction and process design, materials technology and industrial biotechnology. Activities also focus on more general subjects such as education and training, framework conditions for cooperation between science and industry, safety aspects, regulation and venture capital.

The subjects selected by SusChem also need to be deeply anchored in the 7th Research Framework Programme of the EU (2007 –2013) to intensify the cross-linkage between European research promotion and national promotion instruments and improve the EU framework conditions for an innovatively-oriented chemical industry. SusChem is currently drafting an Implementation Action Plan specifying concrete measures and the resources necessary to implement the research topics outlined in the SRA. The budget requirements for this ambitious project are estimated to be about 5.5 billion euros, of which 1.8 billion will have to be financed from EU and member state subsidies.

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