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Chemclust as a response to the hlg recommendations to innovation usti nad labem 16 04 2009

ChemClust as a response to the HLG recommendations to InnovationUsti nad Labem, 16.04.2009

Thomas Wobben

Representation of Saxony-Anhalt to the European Union

Boulevard Saint Michel 80

B-1040 Brussels

Tel.: 09 31 Fax: 09 39

E-mail: [email protected]

Final Report of the HLG: Innovation

  • Innovation played a key role in the HLG

  • Important role of the region in supporting innovation

  • Active input of the ECRN in the innovation discussion in the HLG

Content to the final report of the high level group
Content to the Final Report of the High Level Group Innovation


I. Introduction

II. Setting the scene

  • Chemistry and chemical products: key element in development of modern societies

  • Wide range of customers for wealth of applications

  • Industry with variety of product segments linked by value chains

  • Chemical clusters show regional integration in Europe

  • Chemical industry: important employer in the EU with high share of SMEs.

  • European chemicals industry: still successful global player

  • Global competition: challenge offering opportunities not to be missed

    III. Innovation and research

  • 1. More innovation is key to securing the future of the European chemicals industry

  • 2. Research: main foundation of chemical innovation

  • 3. Innovations need trust: improving communication with stakeholders

  • 4. Knowledge is key asset: protection of Intellectual Property Rights

    IV. Regulation

    V. Human resources

Content to the final report of the high level group1
Content to the Final Report of the High Level Group Innovation

VI. Energy and feedstock

  • 1. Energy and feedstock as decisive elements of competitiveness

  • 2. Raw material change: towards higher contribution of renewable raw materials

    Vii. Climate change policy

  • 1. Action on climate change as a business opportunity for the European chemicals industry

  • 2. In a globalised chemicals industry, global action including an adequate engagement of emerging economies is essential to combat climate change

  • 3. European chemicals industry has made much progress in reducing energy intensity and emissions, but further efforts are necessary

    VIII. Logistics

  • 1. Logistics: often neglected factor for competitiveness

  • 2. Strong clusters: European asset that merits further support

  • 3. Addressing numerous bottlenecks in transport has to become a priority

    IX. Globalisation, international competitiveness and trade

  • 1. European chemicals industry: strong global player facing mounting pressure

  • 2. Priorities of a European trade policy: promoting and safeguarding competitiveness of its chemicals industry

  • 3. Securing access to raw materials in non discriminatory conditions

Ercn input on innovation
ERCN input on Innovation Innovation

  • Industry and public authorities at all levels should strengthen clusters (and open innovation processes) which facilitate cooperation across sectors and across borders, with the aim of further stimulating, accelerating and facilitating cross-cutting innovation throughout the value chain.

  • Initiatives should build on existing structures and programmes where possible. The results achieved by EU, national and regional innovation networks should be examined, and possible areas of improvement identified, for example, by greater promotion of best practices.

  • SusChem has so far delivered a vision paper, a broad strategic research agenda, and a detailed implementation plan. It should now develop a wider mandate covering the full scope of innovation, and reaching out to an increasing number of Member States, regions and enterprises, in particular SMEs..

  • In addition, more should be done to improve technology transfer and systemic links between public research and business, including Public Private Partnerships. Here, chemical regions – based on their proximity to business and research institutions – can play a key role.

  • Focusing on key areas at regional level should be accompanied by road mapping exercises and active coordination of European and national efforts in chemistry and chemical engineering research with close links to regional industry partners. Financial instruments, including tax advantages, providing support and risk cover over a sufficient period are essential for start-ups and other SMEs.

  • The way the industry communicates with the outside world should, therefore, be as authentic, visible and open as possible. This requires not only a change towards a more proactive approach to communicating with the public, but also increased transparency about the industry itself. In addition, European, national and regional authorities need to support smooth communication of agreed assessments, both on the opportunities and risks involved.

  • Closer cooperation calls for appropriate and flexible structures for dialogue that go beyond traditional boundaries applied so far by faculties, government departments and trade associations. The European Technology Platform SusChem is a good example of such a modern form of cooperation and communication as is the European Chemical Regions Network.

  • The need to communicate full and accurate information is especially important following adoption of new legislation. Ways to achieve this include information meetings and other initiatives for enterprises along the value chain to provide guidance on the implementation of new rules. Regional authorities can play a crucial role in this process. The special needs of SMEs should also be borne in mind. While the Commission’s Better Regulation strategy is bringing about significant improvements in this field, including consultation, implementing measures with a substantial impact should also be subject to appropriate consultations with stakeholders.

Ecrn follow up on innovation
ECRN follow up on innovation accompanied by road mapping exercises and active coordination of European and national efforts in chemistry and chemical engineering research with close links to

  • Focus on joint projects at European level on innovation promotion and strategies

  • Active involvement of the chemical regions in the national debate on innovation promotion

  • Conintuing efforts to improve regional innovation systems in the field of chemicals

The interreg iii c support for the ecrn
The INTERREG III C support for the ECRN Innovation

  • Partner:

    - Saxony-Anhalt, D (Lead Partner)

    - Lower Saxony, D

    - North Rhine Westphalia, D

    - Catalonia, E

    - Asturias, E

    - Huleva, E

    - Ida-Viru, EST

    - Masowia, PL

    - Limburg, NL

    - Piedmont, I

    - Lombardy, I

    - Tees Valley UK

    - Cheshire, UK

  • Budget:

    - 1,7 Mio. EURO (997.000 support by INTERREG III C)

    - Duration: 3 years (January 2004 – December 2007)

Implementation structure of the ecrn
Implementation Structure of the ECRN Innovation





Saxony-Anhalt LP








Objectives of the chemclust application
Objectives of the ChemClust application Innovation

The ChemClust application could have the following objectives:

  • to accelerate innovation in clusters in chemical regions by

    • improving the organisation of chemical clusters towards knowledge sites

    • focussing specifically on the implementation of the open innovation concept in chemical clusters

    • involving R&D providers, local and regional administrations in cluster partnerships for innovation and

    • developing a innovation friendly regulatory framework in chemical clusters throughout Europe

      - to profile interregional co-operation as a key instrument to achieve this

Elements of the project implementation
Elements of the project implementation Innovation

  • Setting up an interregional working group with all partners within ECRN

  • Developing a benchmarking system to assess current cluster strategies on innovation in chemical regions (study project and reports)

  • Identifying best practices on innovation in strategies in chemical regions (inventory of best practices, peer group review)

  • Exchanging experiences on strategies for open innovation and knowledge site development (seminars)

  • Transferring these concepts between the partner regions in two pilot projects (staff exchange and assisted transfer scheme)

  • Networking with other cluster strategies (joint seminars with ECSPP; EPCA and CEFIC)

  • Measuring the impact of the transferred strategies by the benchmark monitoring (Benchmark Report)

  • Articulating joint findings (ECRN Positioning)

  • Disseminating the results and the process (Dissemination Conferences)

Key elements of the interregional concept of the chemclust application
Key elements of the interregional concept of the ChemClust application

  • Exchanging experiences (joint seminars)

  • Identifying best practices (benchmark system and reports)

  • Transferring the best practices (pilot projects)

  • Engaging a wider audience and articulating joint interests (dissemination conferences)

  • Mainstreaming the Results (joint actions with Managing Authorities)

Knowledge site development
Knowledge Site Development Knowledge Sites

  • Example: CeChemNet

  • Network of chemical sites in Eastern Germany

  • Started as a public-private-partnership

  • Part of the overall chemical industry strategy of Saxony-Anhalt

  • Organisational Model for transforming chemical parks into knowledge sites

Transferring these concepts
Transferring these concepts Knowledge Sites

Transfer the selected practices in three Pilot

Projects by

  • Setting up a core group of regions to transfer best practices in the field of open innovation, knowledge sites and skills development in the field of chemistry

  • assisted transfer scheme whereas coaches will adapt the best practices towards the specific needs of the transferring region

Networking with other cluster strategies
Networking with other cluster strategies Knowledge Sites

  • Permanently liaising with other cluster strategies such as:

    • ECSPP

    • CEFIC

    • EPCA

    • Other (Which ones?)

  • Involvement in the regular seminars

Disseminating the results
Disseminating the results Knowledge Sites

  • Disseminating the results of the project by

    • Carrying out 3 dissemination conferences at the beginning, in the middle and at the end of the project

    • Establish an interactive web-site and a regular newsletter on ChemClust

    • Involving ChemClust in similar activities at regional, national and European level

Partnership and financial means

Partner Knowledge Sites



















EFRE Contrib




































Partnership and Financial Means

Next steps
Next steps Knowledge Sites

  • ChemClust has passed the eligibility check of the 2nd call of INTERREG IV C

  • Project approval is expected to take place in September this year

  • October 2009: foreseen start of the project

  • Close Co-operation with DG Industry (Initiative on Open Innovation) and DG Regio (Innovation Unit) as well as industry stakeholder and knowledge providers is vital for the success of the project

  • Feeding in the work of ChemClust into the HLG follow up process in the future