Scaling up cooperation will reduce chem emissions

29 January 2008 14:12  [Source: ICIS news]

BERLIN (ICIS news)--Governments, companies and the public need to work together if the chemical industry is to find an alternative to oil and reduce carbon dioxide emissions, the German Council for Sustainable Development chairman said on Tuesday.

“It is difficult to look for an integrated focus but that is exactly what is needed to create sustainability,” Volker Hauff said at the Suschem (European Technology Platform for Sustainable Chemistry) conference in Berlin.

“Can you imagine our industry operating with minus 60% carbon? In the history of mankind, [such] visions have changed the world,” he said adding that reducing carbon emissions was one of these.

Hauff said it was necessary that carbon capture technologies were developed.

“Our industries need more planning and sharing to solve these problems,” he said.

Frieder Meyer-Krahmer, state secretary at the Federal Education Ministry, agreed that it was important that groups work together.

“It is an important task for the government to organise horizontally,” he said.

He said didn’t want to see just bilateral co-operation but trilateral and quadrilateral cooperation.

“I think we need more joint projects with the most polluting countries and those which are the most affected [by pollution] countries,” he said.

Meyer-Krahmer said there was already cooperation across Europe, but added that “we need to encourage the industry to be more innovative”.

The two-day Suschem conference in Berlin ends on Wednesday.

By: Lucy Craymer
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