VIDEO: Chemistry vital to sustain growing world population - Cefic

28 January 2011 11:14  [Source: ICIS news]

PARIS (ICIS)--Chemistry and the chemical industry will be essential to sustain a growing world population which is heading towards 9bn by 2050, Cefic director general, Hubert Mandery, said late on Thursday.

Mandery said chemistry was the essential science of the 21st century to create the products and services we want for our current lifestyles and it would bring solution needed to create a more sustainable society.

“Key areas of market growth will be in mobility, smart cities, healthy ageing, clean water and air plus preserving land for biodiversity. This means opportunities for crop protection and fertilisers," Mandery said on the sidelines of the launch of the International Year of Chemistry.

He said there could be particular opportunities in fine and specialty chemicals, water management, pharmaceuticals for healthy aging and crop protection. But all areas of the chemical industry can contribute to resource efficiency for sectors such as mobility, food and leisure.   

“The chemical industry is doing a pretty good job but we can still do a lot to accelerate our contribution to sustainable development. If we want to house and feed some 9bn people by 2050 then we must increase our efforts,” said Mandery.

“We will need to change the way we consume and our lifestyles and the way we produce to improve our use of resources and energy efficiency,” he added.

Cefic, the European Chemical Industry Council, represents the industry in Europe.

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By: Will Beacham
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