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Quo Vadis Chemical Industry? Top Executives Met in London

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Tony Long said that Cefic’s recently published Towards Sustainability report does not address the need to replace toxic and bioaccumulative chemicals such as endocrine disruptors with safer alternatives. He was also skeptical of the industry’s ability to communicate chemical hazards adequately to end users in developing countries.

Praising the industry’s performance in energy efficiency, Potočnik said: “We can’t get away from fossil fuels because we don’t have adequate replacements. So energy efficiency is the low-hanging fruit.” Asked about shale gas and renewable energy, he said: “My only requirement is that you look at it in the round: total environmental impact. Shale gas needs a predictable environment for exploitation. It’s potentially promising, but we need to be sure of the consequences, and we don’t yet know.”

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* The author works as a freelance journalist.

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