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Invitation to third Chem4EU workshop

Critical Chemicals & Innovations by 2050

DG GROW has commissioned Steinbeis Europa Zentrum (DE), TNO (NL) and 4CF (PL) to work on a Foresight for Chemicals study, Chem4EU. The study is conducted between January and December 2022.

Chem4EU aims to identify the critical chemicals and innovations needed to accelerate the Green & Digital transition in Europe and increase Europe’s economy’s autonomy and resilience. The results will inform strategic policy and investment decisions to unlock the potential of the chemical industry in supporting these momentous transitions. Ultimately, the project will create roadmaps to ensure the chemical industry can play its part in Europe’s key transitions in the coming decades.

At this stage of the project, we have already conducted two foresight workshops which supported us in identifying a set of potential critical chemicals and future innovations. These outcomes have been assessed during two Real-Time Delphi surveys which were used to narrow down the list of chemicals and innovations and to assess the future production capacities needed for these chemicals.

The third and final Chem4EU workshop taking place on 27th October will draft a roadmap identifying and validating actions to be undertaken to realise those innovations and thus enable European economy to become more green, digital and resilient.

The draft workshop agenda is as follows:


Welcome by the European Commission


Introduction to the project and today’s workshop


Outline and visualization of the information gathered so far


Interactive discussion of actions needed to enable Chem4EU innovations and interventions for a greener, more digital and resilient European economy.

Development of roadmaps for all four strategic value chain:

  • Hydrogen technology
  • Clean, connected and autonomous vehicles
  • Microelectronics
  • Batteries




Prioritization of actions and identification of related investment needs

12.45 – 13.00

Conclusions and closing




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