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17 October 2017

Experts from all over the world highlight the sector's importance to sustainable development

Speakers at the World Chemical Summit joined in emphasising the key role of the chemical industry

Speakers at the first edition of the World Chemical Summit, held recently at Fira de Barcelona's Gran Via exhibition centre, joined in emphasising the key role of the chemical industry in addressing the main challenges that twenty-first society will need to face, such as assuring the food supply, access to potable water and energy for a global population that will jump from the current 7,400 million inhabitants to 9,500 million by 2050.
The World Chemical Summit featured more than 40 international speakers at a forum that emphasised chemistry as a fundamental discipline for addressing issues such as energy, water, air, food, health, efficiency of resources and the digital society, the six main themes around which the congress revolved, with presentations from notable opinion leaders such as the global vice-president of HP, Ramón Pastor, who pointed out that ‘In a changing world such as this one, chemistry is crucial for the supply of new materials.' Pastor also coined the term ‘new chemistry' to emphasise its role in the process of ‘transformation towards digital manufacturing'.
Meanwhile, the Principal Coordinator of the Minimata Team at the UN Environment Office, Jacob Duer, contended that ‘chemistry plays a key role in sustainable and more environmentally-friendly development,' while the President of the American Chemistry Council (AAC) and former congressman Cal Dooley revealed that ‘chemistry is going to change radically' and highlighted its innovative nature, which will enable us to achieve ‘sustainable agriculture'.
In the same vein, the creator of ‘The Blue Economy' concept, Belgian entrepreneur Gunter Pauli, commented that ‘the major challenge facing the current chemical industry is understanding the huge opportunities that the planet offers.' Pauli noted that ‘it is necessary to transform natural resources into sources of bio energy in order to tackle our current dependence on fossil fuels.'
The director of the World Chemical Summit, Pilar Navarro, wanted to ‘thank all the speakers, delegates and organisations that have collaborated in this new event, which we hope will come up with solutions to some of the major issues facing our society today.' The event enjoyed the support of leading institutions, organisations and sector entities such as the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC), the European Association of Chemical Distributors (FECC) and some of the main sector associations from the USA.
The World Chemical Summit was held as part of Expoquimia, the International Chemistry Event which, along with Eurosurfas, Equiplast, In(3D)ustry From Needs to Solutions, the IoT Solutions World Congress and the tenth World Congress of Chemical Engineering, made up the first edition of Barcelona Industry Week.
Barcelona, 17 October 2017
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