Priorities The CGP will work with the relevant stakeholders to:
Securing competitive energy and feedstocks Support appropriate policies to enable safe exploitation of unconventional gas, sustainable use of biofuels, and optimal use of waste resources.
Enable the industry to undertake projects to provide further proof of commercial viability of shale gas by 2014, to enable commercial flows by 2017. This should include working with local communities on fracking issues and benefits.
Explore the potential to increase support for research into technically and economically viable options for carbon capture and storage, and preferably usage on an industrial scale.
Support the continuing development of renewable resources through industrial biotechnology and synthetic biology.
Accelerating innovation Endorse the establishment of a world-class open-access Innovation Centre for advanced formulated product design and manufacture and the CGP will work with government to explore the business case for this Centre (as proposed by the Technology Strategy Board’s Formulation Special Interest Group).
Guide and encourage industry to fully leverage the suite of Innovation Centres covering synthesis, industrial biotechnology, chemicals for photovoltaics, materials and advanced formulation. Encourage industry to engage with the UK research base, especially with research Council Centres and Institutes (e.g. the EPSRC UK Catalyst Hub), drawing on the research and training expertise available.
Rebuilding UK Chemistry Supply Chains Ensure chemistry-intensive SMEs fully leverage business support available from initiatives such as the Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain initiative and the new national Manufacturing Advisory Service, and the established Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service.
Encourage major chemical and chemistry-using companies to strengthen business relationships with UK suppliers and customers, as well as exploring new foreign direct investment opportunities.
Climate change solutions Enhance the contribution of chemistry and biotechnology-enabled climate change solutions to growth sectors of the UK economy; incentivise and increase uptake of existing energy efficiency measures by these sectors, recognising their importance as a cost-effective lever to reduce carbon emissions across the UK economy.
Identify which technologies and innovations are likely to help reduce emissions and optimise heat use across the sector. Ensure the right framework and incentives for the adoption of energy efficient and low-carbon technologies to reduce the chemical industry’s own emissions; stimulate R&D programmes and facilitate new technologies prior to commercialisation with a focus on the whole-life cycle.
Leveraging Government initiatives Act as a focal point to improve SMEs’ awareness of and ability to navigate existing support and networking initiatives.
Trade Pursue national export promotion campaigns, targeting high-value sectors and markets.
Continue to push for rapid conclusion of a free trade agreement between EU and USA to remove nuisance taxes on chemical shipments.
Regulation Respect and support the work of trade associations and others helping to create a regulatory climate and culture that strengthens international competitiveness and delivers growth while addressing social and environmental responsibilities.
Finance and funding Bring industry, especially SMEs, and the financial community together, to strengthen their understanding of each other’s business requirements and establish greater clarity on lending risk, investor benefits and product/business cycles.
Skills Engage with wider society and school children in particular to address perceptions of the industry through programmes such as See Inside Manufacturing, Children Challenging Industry and the Catalyst Science Discovery Centre.
Address the specific need for more professionally accredited technicians and apprentices through an employer-owned, demand-led system facilitated by the sector coming together around a bid to develop a Science Industry Partnership (SIP).
Promote training and qualifications that meet robust and professionally verified standards including the ‘Cogent gold standard’ as a brand for excellence in chemistry skills.
Reinforce and strengthen improvements in higher level graduate, masters and post graduate level training, accredited by the appropriate professional organisations.