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SusChem European Technology Platform (ETP)

SusChem is the European Technology Platform (ETP) for Sustainable Chemistry. It was created in 2004 as a joint initiative between Cefic, DECHEMA, EuropaBio, GDCh, ESAB and RSC with the main objective to revitalise and inspire European chemistry and industrial biotechnology research, development and innovation in a sustainable way.

European Technology Platforms (ETPs) are industry-led stakeholder organisations, supported by both private and public funding, that develop long-term research and innovation agendas for action at European and national level.

ETPs were established in 2003 but their specific role in the frame of Horizon 2020 has been recently redefined

Building on the strategies for Europe2020 and for an Innovation Union, the European Commission's proposal for an integrated research and innovation framework programme, Horizon 2020, recognises the role of European Technology Platforms (ETPs) as part of the external advice and societal engagement needed to achieve the new programme's objectives.

SusChem addresses challenges that are specific to Research and Innovation in the European chemical industry and in the industrial biotechnology industries. It favours a value-chain vision, in full coordination with other industries and ETPs and in connection to the societal challenges expressed in the Innovation Union and in Horizon2020.

SusChem is an open organization with regular yearly stakeholders' meetings and brokerage events to boost collaboration between all the interested parties in the value-chain. The activity of the European organization is leveraged through the SusChem National Technology Platforms.

SusChem National Technology Platforms (NTPs)

SusChem National Technology Platforms (NTPs) help to connect SusChem thinking with national and regional programmes, to facilitate trans-national collaboration and to advise SusChem at the European level on collective national priorities that need to be considered in European initiatives.

SusChem NTPs are key to the involvement of national stakeholders including small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), large companies and academic groups, in European initiatives. The SusChem network, formed by the European and the National Platforms, is aimed to capitalize on the synergies of its members to reach the critical mass to achieve its goals at European and National level, while avoiding duplication of efforts.

The common objectives and mutual benefits of SusChem ETP and SusChem NTPs include:

  • Work under the common label of "sustainable chemistry";
  • Bring together industry, academia, civil society and national governments to address Europe societal challenges and improve industry competitiveness;
  • Contribute to develop a EU-wide common strategy to support the position of the Chemical sector towards the European Commission ("bottom-up" approach);
  • Align priorities of the ETP and of the NTPs in order to gain broader support (a complementary "top-down" activity); 
  • Promote SusChem vision and main priorities at both EU and National level (complementary perspective); 
  • Facilitate transnational collaboration within R&I projects and the international transmission of skills;
  • Facilitate networking, cluster creation, project teams, etc. to enhance participation in EU funding programmes, especially for SMEs.

SusChem NTPs have been created in twelve countries, the UK is one of them. For more information, contact Susanne Coles susanne.coles@ktn-uk.org.