SusChem published its new Strategic Innovation and Research Agenda
The SIRA document highlights the role the chemical industry in boosting innovation in Europe and the potential for sustainable chemistry technologies to tackle societal challenges, as outlined in the European Commission’s Research Framework programme Horizon 2020.
The document introduces major changes from the past SusChem Strategic Research Agendas (SRA) by addressing new topics such as ICT and Manufacturing, the value chain impact, mobility and health. It also outlines the crucial links between SusChem's priorities and the Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) that Europe has been pushing forward.
The SIRA is organised around five of the seven key societal challenges described in Horizon 2020 and highlights a portfolio of potential sustainable chemistry solutions. Each challenge is covered in a dedicated SIRA chapter:
- Climate action, resource efficiency and raw materials
- Food security, sustainable agriculture and the bioeconomy
- Secure, clean and efficient energy
- Health, demographic change and wellbeing
- Smart, green and integrated transport
Two further SIRA chapters cover Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and Horizontal Issues.