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Monitoring reports containing a management report and a progress report prepared by the Lead Region(s) are available here:
Monitoring report covering the period from January to June 2018
Monitoring report covering the period from July to December 2018
Monitoring report covering the period from January to June 2019
Future meetings:
Working Groups Meetings, June-July 2019, online
Partnership Meeting, September 2019, Brussles, Belgium


The focus area of this thematic partnership is the Chemical Industry and its related industries. The main objective is the modernisation of the chemical industry to a sustainable, energy- and resource efficient sector that is globally competitive and that provides innovative solutions.

Formed under the European Chemical Regions Network (ECRN), this thematic area partnership has been developed on the ground of the inter-regional collaboration. ECRN is a network of regional authorities across Europe where chemical industry plays a key role for regional economic growth. The network has more than 10 years of experience in connecting chemical regions and their stakeholders across borders.

The sub-objectives of this partnership are to develop solutions on:

  • Sustainable production based on renewable raw materials and clean energy (decarbonised fossil energy and solar- and wind power)

  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions (mainly CO2) and energy and resources consumption in chemical plants

  • Promoting new high value-added value chains and their integration across regional borders and across sectors, such as logistics, agriculture, forestry, energy, etc., in a way that complementarities of regional specialisations are utilized

  • Supporting close-to-the-market products, scale-ups, pilot and demo plants.

Key priority areas have been defined by the partners.

Work process

In order to enable a focused discussion within smaller groups, the partners split in 4 thematic working groups.

A thorough mapping of regional trends, needs and opportunities, as well as relevant actors in the value chain, infrastructure and markets will be performed in each working group. This will provide an overview of the existing expertise and opportunities for co-operation and investment projects. Each working group will further concentrate its aims on a list of projects related to new technologies, production methods, smart materials or business models.

To achieve a ‘demand-driven’ approach, participating regions have reached out to regional industrial representatives and technical experts. Mobilising broad stakeholders’ participation and contribution is an important part of the partnership work. By improving cooperation and the business case for investment, the partners will facilitate the combination of public and private funding in joint projects.

ECRN supports the Smart Specialisation Platform for Industrial Modernisation and manages this thematic area, by bringing its expertise in smart specialisation, partnership building and stakeholder involvement.


List of Regions involved

Leading regions
Participating regions


List of the 4 key priorities, shaping the themes of each working group:

  • Alternative feedstock / bio-based solutions, including CO2, waste, and others (working group led by Lombardy)

  • Polymers (led by Limburg)

  • Chemical recycling  (led by Usti)

  • Sustainable process technologies (led by Catalonia)

Contact details of the Leading Regions

Contact details of JRC


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