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Keep up to date on this page with all news relating to the SPiCE3 project, its initiatives, events, successes and awards. All our news stories are presented here and are summarised on a regular basis in the SPiCE3 newsletter. All registered users of SPiCE3 will receive the newsletter automatically. Non-registered users must register in order to receive these updates.

Marriage of Responsible Care and SPiCE³ under way
24 Jun 2014

Summary: The Cefic Responsible Care Forum and SPiCE³ Annual Conference focuses on developing integrated HSE support under the Responsible Care programme umbrella for SMEs. More than 40 chemical industry experts from 16 countries took part in a forum in London during June to discuss how best to join up energy and water efficiency programmes within the Responsible Care industry initiative.

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Energy security crisis in Ukraine boosts EU’s 2030 energy efficiency policy
17 Jun 2014

Summary: The European Commission highlights that energy efficiency is to play a vital role in EU’s energy policy beyond 2020. This is further powered by the energy crisis in Ukraine – bringing back the idea that Energy Efficiency is the first fuel for the EU Economy and can help to significantly reduce Europe’s import dependence, particularly on gas from Russia. The EU is highly dependent on gas from abroad, importing 66% of its natural gas from which 39% come from Russia.

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Implementation of the Energy Efficiency Directive in the United Kingdom
09 Apr 2014

Summary: BRUSSELS - The UK will meet the 20% energy consumption reduction requirement of the Energy Efficiency Directive through the existing policies implemented under its Climate Change Act. It proposes to implement requirements concerning use of cogeneration / efficient district heating and cooling options (Article 14) under the Environmental Permitting Regulations (which implement the Industrial Emissions Directive). The energy audit requirements of Article 8 will be implemented under the government’s Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS). However, large organisations with a current certificate for ISO 50001 or ISO 14001 will be deemed to be in compliance with ESOS.

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SPiCE3 celebrates first anniversary
31 Mar 2014

BRUSSELS - SPiCE³ – the Sectoral Platform in Chemicals for Energy Efficiency Excellence – celebrated today its first anniversary, announced leaders of the chemical industry's energy efficiency project.

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Call for Responsible Care energy efficiency/SPiCE³ award entries
19 Mar 2014

Summary: Gain European-wide recognition for your energy efficiency efforts - apply until 1 June!

BRUSSELS - Cefic, the European Chemical Industry Council, has announced the European Responsible Care (RC) Awards 2014 competition is now open. For the second time, the award scheme has teamed up with SPiCE3 to give out the energy efficiency prize. It aims to recognise the most outstanding achievements enabling energy efficiency improvements across the European chemical industry, particularly in SMEs.

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Energy efficiency back on top of EU policy agenda
17 Mar 2014

Summary: BRUSSELS - SPiCE³ illustrates in EU's public consultation: ‘Progress towards the 2020 energy efficiency objective and a 2030 energy efficiency policy framework’ that energy efficiency works best bottom-up in a diverse sector like the Chemical Industry with many SMEs. The consultation, issued on 3rd February, 2014 aims to inquire about progress on the 20% target and likewise opens a strategic debate around the EU’s energy efficiency policy beyond 2020.

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First-ever joint Responsible Care and SPiCE³ conference held
04 Dec 2013

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AMSTERDAM - More than 80 participants took part on December 2-3 in the first-ever joint Responsible Care and SPiCE³ conference in Amsterdam. The event saw the launch of a new website for SPiCE³ – the Sectoral Platform in Chemicals for Energy Efficiency Excellence.

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Scottish company wins first Responsible Care energy efficiency award
27 Nov 2013

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BRUSSELS - The first-ever Responsible Care Energy Efficiency Special Award was won by GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals for their project GSK Irvine Sustainable manufacturing programme.

The GSK Pharmaceuticals site in Irvine, Scotland – the largest energy and water consumer of the group's 80 manufacturing sites worldwide – won the award thanks to its outstanding track record in reaching greater energy efficiency.

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SPiCE³ project attracts two voluntary partners
27 Nov 2013

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BRUSSELS - Chemical associations from France and Spain further strengthen the European energy efficiency effort. Cefic welcomes the addition of French and Spanish chemical industry associations as cooperating partners to the Sectoral Platform in Chemicals for Energy Efficiency Excellence' (SPiCE³) project. They join the project on a voluntary basis, showing the great potential they place on the SPiCE³ initiative.

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