The impact on the industry of energy policy and consequently climate policy is one of essenscia’s priorities. Electricity and gas represent a major share (on average 15% to 25%) of operating costs for products originating in basic chemicals, a high energy consumption sector. For some products, such as ammonia, chlorine or industrial gases, this amount can double or even triple. A safe and sustainable energy supply at a competitive cost is therefore an essential element in guaranteeing the sector’s competitiveness.

The chemical industry is not only key to the development of technologies with a high energy yield to permit the achievement of EU energy policy goals but is itself very energy efficient, as shown by this graph. 

It is nevertheless vital for this industry to be able to continue its development and thereby strengthen its contribution to meeting climate and energy challenges.  essenscia is therefore trying to find a balance between ambitious climate and energy targets on the one hand (reducing CO emissions, increasing energy efficiency and the share of renewable energy) and, on the other hand, the level playing field of our Belgian chemical and life sciences industry at European and international level.

Specifically, essenscia closely monitors developments in energy and climate policy. It is a party to most energy negotiations in order to define guidelines and constructive solutions, founded in particular on a comparison with the approach made in neighbouring countries. What is more, essenscia regularly updates its members on energy and climate policy by means of mailings and newsletters. Finally, interactive consultation meetings are organised regularly with the network of company energy specialists. 

Although the sector’s total production has more than tripled in the past 20 years, energy consumption recorded a growth of just 40%.