Sustainable development

The FEICA Sustainable Development Agenda

In the transition pathway to an increasingly circular economy, adhesives and sealants contribute to product efficiency and circularity, creating a more sustainable society and tackling the ongoing climate crisis. The use of adhesives and sealants in many sectors, including construction, automotive, and energy production, contributes to reducing the carbon footprint of a surprising number of everyday and advanced products and manufacturing processes, creating a 'new licence to do business in the 21st century'.

FEICA set out its Sustainable Development Agenda which aims to:

  • Broaden and improve the understanding of sustainability in the industry
  • Promote best practice
  • Encourage the industry to increasingly engage in the development of adhesives and sealants solutions that enable customers and industries to be more sustainable

FEICA’s vision for sustainable development is defined as follows:

'Day by day, the adhesive and sealant industry is developing technologies to support a growing world population to live a better life and to use the planet’s resources responsibly and efficiently.'

Please see FEICA's position paper on the circular economy and brochure showcasing our industry's contribution to the economy and circular economy. In addition, at the end of 2019, FEICA was invited by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) to contribute an article on the circular economy for their Guest Corner

Sustainability concept

FEICA’s sustainability vision focusses on three areas of progress:

  • Developing solutions for energy efficiency;
  • Most efficient use of raw materials;
  • Safeguarding the environment and people’s health.

Key objectives

  • Encourage member companies to engage with FEICA’s sustainable development vision
  • Discover and share best practice across member companies
  • Raise awareness of the adhesive and sealant industry's contribution to sustainability, internally and externally, both in terms of activities to improve the sustainability of its own industry, as well as helping customers and their customers to be more sustainable

The European Commission's 'European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform' also shares how companies run their business to improve sustainable operations and has featured some of the Good Practice stories published by FEICA.

The European Green Deal and the Circular Economy Action Plan 2.0

The 'European Green Deal' places a central focus on the importance of circular economy policies as a part of Europe’s objective to transform into a climate-neutral continent by 2050. 

See FEICA’s position on the EU Green Deal and find out how adhesives and sealants help to make it happen. You can also review FEICA’s input to the European Commission plan to initiate a Renovation Wave and discover the key role our industry plays in delivering materials, products and technologies which ensure important aspects of circularity and sustainable development in the construction value chain. 

Supporting the EU aim to be climate-neutral by 2050 – an economy with net-zero greenhouse gas emissions - FEICA members are looking into different end-of-life solutions, such as recycling processes like mechanical recycling, physical (dissolution) recycling and chemical recycling (chemolysis, pyrolysis, gasification, enzymolysis, etc.). Chemical recycling, as a recycling option, could enable circular value chains in industries and help to decouple from fossil raw material sources.

FEICA has published some key features that are needed for more efficient, and impactful chemicals legislation in Five Guiding Principles in support of a successful European Green deal.


14 October 2020 - Adhesives and sealants, enablers of the EU Green Deal

On 14 October 2020, FEICA organised a webinar with the participation of MEP Maria Spyraki. Ms Spyraki, together with FEICA member companies (Henkel, Covestro), the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) and Construction Products Europe (CPE), shared views on the Chemical Strategy for Sustainability (CSS) and the Renovation Wave, with examples of good practices from our industry. FEICA Secretary General, Kristel Ons, explained how adhesives and sealants are enablers of the EU Green Deal.

The proceedings are available here. A summary of the event is available for FEICA Members on the FEICA Extranet.