For the second time, Cefic was an official partner of the European Innovation Summit, organized by the Knowledge4Innovation platform from 11 to 14 October at the European Parliament.
Cefic and SusChem, the European Platform for Sustainable Chemistry, were present throughout the Summit with different speakers: Prof. Rodney Townsend of the Royal Society of Chemistry and Gernot Klotz, executive director R&I at Cefic, took part in a lively debate on Sustainable Production for the Quality of Life on Tuesday 12 October. The debate was hosted by Herbert Reul MEP, Chair of the parliament’s Industry, Research and Energy Committee (ITRE).
Gernot Klotz emphasized that innovation was all about creating value for society from ideas – not necessarily research – and that there was a clear need to speed up innovation in Europe and play to our strengths. “If you are already leading, you can dominate the race,” he said. Playing catch-up is not such a good option.
Rodney Townsend agreed saying that SusChem was uniquely placed in Europe to be able to take a “step back” and look at the whole value chain to identify where innovation can help along the chain and help provide the innovative drive. Stimulating simultaneous innovation at a number of places long the chain could really accelerate innovation and reduce the time to get ideas into the marketplace.
Gernot Klotz took also part in the debate on “Europe’s innovation challenges”. As for Dieter Jahn, member of the Cefic R&I programme council, he participated in the “efficient energy provision” panel session.