London – The UK's Chemical Industries Association has called for a pragmatic and effective UK Reach regulatory regime that reduces the need for replicating EU Reach data packages.
CIA calls for 'pragmatic' UK chemical regulation
In his new year message to the chemical industry in the UK, Steve Elliott, CIA chief executive pledged to work with Government, the devolved administrations, regulators and other advanced manufacturing sectors to deliver a business environment that is truly supportive of manufacturing.
'For the chemical industry, that means achieving net zero through a transition that is sensitive to international competition and unprecedented energy costs; building a science and technology superpower through better incentivising innovation and a create and make culture,’ he said. ‘That will boost UK chemical exports and investments through new trade deals and a more constructive relationship with the EU.'
But Elliot warned that crippling energy cost increases are a problem. ‘Gas, electricity and carbon prices have risen to unprecedented levels in 2021 and show no sign of easing in early 2022,’ he said. This will lead to inflation, lower demand, and make it harder to justify investment.