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Eco-innovation in the Chemical Supply Chain
3rd March 2015
The ‘‘Greater interface efficiency in chemical value chains – challenges and potential’’ dialogue event will be organised in cooperation with C-Tech Innovation Ltd in the context of the European project greenXpo (www.greenxpo.eu). The event will bring together chemical industry representatives, innovative SMEs, policy makers, public bodies, and other experts, to discuss the potential for value chain eco-innovation.
The half day meeting will include the presentation of three case studies demonstrating the opportunities and challenges arising from innovation in a complex supply chain. This will be followed by a facilitated session to discuss the barriers and opportunities at regional, national and European levels. There will also be a presentation on the support that can be provided from Innovate UK’s Knowledge Transfer Network. The day will finish with the opportunity to view the laboratories of C-Tech Innovation and demonstrate some of the multiple collaborative European projects currently undertaken by the company.
The event will have three interlinked objectives:
- To create awareness for innovation potential along supply chains to cut costs and increase resource efficiency;
- To discuss a number of high-impact supply-chain-level eco-innovations;
- To validate the success factors for implementing supply-chain-level eco-innovations.
Innovation is a crucial element allowing for industries to anticipate and respond to new challenges and comply with EU environmental regulations effectively. Although eco-innovation is most often addressed at the company or single actor level, introducing eco-innovation along the entire supply chain has much higher savings potential. Hence, the concept of the greater interface efficiency in industrial value chains will be the focal point of discussions.
The event will present industry concerns, showcase examples of industrial leadership and supply chain cooperation along the entire supply chain, and help to formulate messages for policy-makers on how to support value chain eco-innovation at regional, national and EU levels.