Sustainable development

The FEICA Sustainable Development Agenda

In light of the transition to an increasingly circular economy, FEICA actively supports efforts to improve product efficiency and circularity to help create a more sustainable society.

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 operate more sustainably

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 and foster active participation.
  • 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 be more sustainable.

Key projects

  • FEICA Model Environmental Products Declarations (EPDs) - FEICA is committed to identifying workable solutions for our industry and thus increasing members’ engagement with sustainability.
  • Good Practice Stories - Supporting our members to foster sustainability FEICA promotes excellence in how our members run their business processes to improve sustainable operations; for example, by reducing energy and water consumption, and reducing emissions to the air, water and soil. Many of our member companies are working on novel solutions to improve process sustainability and life cycle performance. To demonstrate this, FEICA shares examples of good practice.
  • Our Adhesion Innovation Award aims to not only promote innovations in our industry, but also to raise awareness of the outstanding contribution our sector's innovators make towards a circular economy.

The European Union'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 of 11 December 2019 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.

‘Building and renovating in an energy and resource efficient way’ is a specific action area of the Green Deal. This highlights the importance of greening the construction sector to reduce material and energy consumption and increase resource efficiency, while maintaining the importance of affordability.

The Circular Economy Action Plan builds upon the success of the first Action Plan, which served as a powerful tool in the transition towards a circular economy. The New Circular Economy Action Plan is ambitious in its aims, looking at the entire life cycle of products and materials and includes a ‘sustainable products’ focus as well as an increased role for Extended Producer Responsibility schemes. 

Construction is covered as a key, resource-intensive transition sector, together with textiles, electronics and plastics. The plan gives more importance to the empowerment of stakeholders, recognising the importance of ground level and bottom-up initiatives in leading the transition. Interconnected policy areas, such as climate mitigation, industrial strategy, and territorial cohesion jointly address the challenges of digitalisation and green transition in order to modernise European industry and Europe’s economy.

See European Commission's Press Release from 11 March 2020 'Changing how we produce and consume: New Circular Economy Action Plan shows the way to a climate-neutral, competitive economy of empowered consumers'.