Strict regulation and ongoing social disputes demand improved advocacy, networking and dialogue capabilities
The European market for industrial chemical products is characterized by a high degree of regulation on the European level as well as on the national level. However, Europe remains a vital market for chemicals of all kinds.
In order to maintain or enable market access, it is particularly essential to closely monitor and counter activities of all relevant environmental NGOs. Many of these politically influential organizations constantly seek to further restrict existing regulation and hinder innovations, which from their point of view might have negative effects on the environment. To give an example: Due to public pressure, the German government recently announced that there will be no hydraulic fracturing for economic purposes in Germany in the near future.