International Akademie Fresenius Conference "Sustainability and Chemical Production" +++ ONLINE CONFERENCE +++

09.11. - 10.11.2021, Online Conference | Die Akademie Fresenius GmbH

International Akademie Fresenius Conference "Sustainability and Chemical Production" +++ ONLINE CONFERENCE +++

The European Green Deal and its Regulatory Challenges for the Chemical Industry

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This Conference will aim at discussing and evaluating the possibilities for developing a more sustainable chemical production. Producers of chemicals and consumer goods find themselves in an increasingly demanding situation with the impending implementation of the European Green Deal and its chemicals strategy for sustainability. Initially the demands of the new regulatory framework seem clear-cut and purposeful. However, they do leave open many questions: How do we define sustainable chemicals and what is a truly sustainable product? How does chemistry help establish sustainable solutions? How does the concept of safe-and-sustainable by design translate back into actual regulatory standards for chemical producers? Which chemicals can we truly live without? What is the actual environmental footprint of a product?



  • European Commission on the EU Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability
  • Cefic position on the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability: The illusion of good and bad chemicals
  • EU Commission on working towards Safe and Sustainable by Design-Criteria
  • Quantifying and qualifying chemical sustainability from an industry point of view: SEE-Balance, eco-efficiency analysis, product carbon footprint, product environmental footprint, Safe and Sustainable by Design
  • European Chemicals Agency: A new approach for designing safe and sustainable chemical products
  • Between the conflicting priorities of sustainability and the aspiration of a nonhazardous production chain
  • EFCC on the Commission’s Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability and how to track the industrial transition towards the production of safe and sustainable chemicals
  • The concept of ‘Essential Use’

Who should attend this conference?

Professionals working in the fields of:

  • Product stewardship
  • Regulatory affairs
  • Registration and authorisation
  • Ecotoxicology
  • Toxicology
  • Hazard, exposure and risk assessment  
  • Research and development 
  • Scientific advisory
  • Analytical science
  • Life Cycle and sustainability assessment expert

Sectors that should take part: 

  • Chemical industry
  • Down-stream industries
  • Consumer goods Industry
  • Research institutes
  • Authorities
  • Scientific consultancies
  • Professional associations


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PLEASE NOTE: The indicated times refer to Central European Time CET.
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Tuesday, 9 November 2021

Morning Session 09:45 – 12:35 CET

09:45 Welcome address by the organisers and the Chair

Martin Klatt, BASF, Germany

The New Regulatory Framework

10:00 Towards safe and sustainable chemicals: the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability and the European Green Deal

  • Vision and objectives of the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability
  • The concept of Safe and Sustainable by Design within the Chemicals Strategy
  • Green Deal regulatory and non-regulatory initiatives for safe and sustainable chemicals, materials, and products

Elena Montani, European Commission, Belgium

10:35 Industry position on the chemical strategy for sustainability

  • The illusion of good and bad chemicals
  • Biggest issues for industry
  • How industry is approaching major legislative changes (REACH and CLP)
  • Criteria for future generic bans
  • Methods of evaluating sustainability

Sylvie Lemoine, The European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic), Belgium

11:10 REACH: What new requirements can be expected as a result of the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability (CSS)?

  • REACH changes announced in the CSS
  • Changes per REACH Title and transversal changes
  • REACH amendments not announced in the CSS
  • Indicative planning

Elénore Mullier, Steptoe and Johnson, Belgium

11:45 Short break

12:00 The EU Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability: An evaluation from an NGO point of view

Michael Warhurst, CHEMTrust, United Kingdom

12:35 Lunch break

Afternoon Session 13:45 – 16:30 CET

13:45 Quantifying and qualifying chemical sustainability from an industry point of view: SEE-Balance as an example

  • Eco-efficiency analysis
  • Value to society
  • Product carbon footprint
  • Product Environmental Footprint
  • Safe and Sustainable by Design

Martin Klatt, BASF, Germany

14:20 Conflicting priorities on our journey towards a sustainable production

  • Examples of substances of concern (still) needed for a sustainable supply chain 
  • Blurring boundaries between authorisation and restriction under REACH – shifting the burden of proof
  • Related challenges for the ‘Essential Use’ concept

Martina Vosteen, Ramboll, Germany

14:55 Short break

15:10 Bridging research, policy and the requirements of industry: A Fraunhofer perspective on the Green Deal and its feasibility

Markus Wolperdinger, Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology (IGB), Germany

15:45 Towards a toxin-free environment: The Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability and its potential impact on data requirements

  • Discussed update of REACH Annexes
  • Acceptance and inclusion of in silico models
  • Implications for testing and timelines 

Claudia Schäfer, knoell Germany, Germany

16:20 Closing Remarks

16:30 End of the first day

Wednesday, 10 November 2021
Morning Session 09:50 – 12:20 CET

09:50 Brief welcome by the Chair

Tomas Rydberg, Swedish Environmental Research Institute (IVL), Sweden

Continuation: The New Regulatory Framework

10:00 Update from the German REACH competent authority (CA) – state of regulatory developments and ideas in the context of the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability

  • What improvements in REACH are currently being discussed?
  • Which plans for the revision of the CLP regulation are envisaged?
  • Key points of the German CA activities and Helpdesk experiences

Suzanne Wiandt, Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA), Germany

Safe and Sustainable by Design and Other Lead-Concepts

10:35 Working towards Safe and Sustainable by Design-Criteria for Chemicals

Aleksandra Malyska, European Commission, Belgium

11:10 SMEs’ views on the key concepts for the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability

Véronique Willems, The European Association of Craft, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises - SME united, Belgium

11:45 The Commission’s Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability: How to track the industrial transition towards the production of safe and sustainable chemicals?

Johan Breukelaar, European Federation of Construction Chemicals (EFCC), Belgium

12:20 Lunch break

Afternoon Session 13:20 – 15:15 CET

13:20 Safe and sustainable: A research perspective on sustainable chemistry

Tomas Rydberg, Swedish Environmental Research Institute (IVL), Sweden

13:55 Designing safe and sustainable products requires a new approach for chemicals

Xenia Trier, European Environment Agency, Denmark

14:30 The concept of ‘Essential Use’: What can it add to the regulation of chemicals?

Jean-Philippe Montfort, Mayer Brown International, Belgium

15:05 Closing Remarks

15:15 End of the conference





Johan Breukelaar

European Federation of Construction Chemicals EFCC, Belgium

Johan Breukelaar holds PhD in engineering and has over 25 years of experience in leading sustainability efforts in the chemicals industry. For example, as the global Sustainability Manager of Shell Chemicals, he has championed the delivery of Five-Year Sustainability Goals. He has also given lectures on sustainability and industrial ecology at renowned universities in the United Kingdom and the USA. More recently, he has joined the European Federation for Construction Chemicals (EFCC) as Director General, where again he champions sustainability and the pursuit of circular economy principles.


Martin Klatt

BASF, Germany

Martin Klatt holds a PhD in chemistry and is currently the Head of Product Stewardship Dispersions and Resins at BASF. He has been active in the fields of product stewardship and research since 1995 in various positions at BASF. Besides leading the product stewardship group of dispersions and resins Europe at BASF he represents BASF in various associations. He is currently the chairman of the EPDLA (European Polymer Dispersion and Latex Association).


Sylvie Lemoine

The European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic)

Sylvie Lemoine is the Executive Director Product Stewardship at Cefic, where she is responsible for the key chemical legislation topics, including REACH, CLP, an EU framework for endocrine disruptors, sustainable products policy and now, the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability. She is a seasoned government affairs professional with more than fifteen years of experience in EU chemicals legislation. Before joining Cefic in 2019, Sylvie worked at Dow as Senior Government Affairs Manager and prior to this she was Director for Technical and Regulatory Affairs in A.I.S.E., the International Association for Soaps, Detergents and Maintenance products. Sylvie Lemoine holds a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the Louis Pasteur University in Strasbourg, France.


Aleksandra Malyska

European Commission, Belgium

Aleksandra Małyska is working as the Policy Research Officer in the EU Commission’s DG Research & Innovation, Unit E3 – Industrial transformation, after joining the European Commission in January 2020. Before joining the Commission Aleksandra was the executive manager of the European Technology Platform “Plants for the Future”, which is a research- and innovation-focused stakeholder. She holds a Ph.D. in biotechnology from the Lodz University of Technology and MSc in Social Sciences from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. In 2015 she was a postdoctoral researcher at the MIT Program on Emerging Technologies, where she was involved in a project assessing potential impediments to commercialization of synthetic biology at an earlier than usual stage of technology development.


Elena Montani

European Commission, Belgium

Elena Montani currently works in the European Commission, DG Environment, as Policy Coordinator for the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability, adopted in October 2020. She has 14 years of experience in the European Commission, initially as political reporter at the Representation in Italy and afterwards in environmental topics – in particular at the interface between science and EU policies. She has a diverse academic experience, as her main background is political science –in particular European politics – but she has also studied physics and more recently climate change and sustainable development, as she believes that human and physical sciences should mutually support and complement each other. Her policy and research interests are the links between science and policy, in particular how science, technologies and policies can jointly support a transition to a sustainable society and economy.


Jean-Philippe Montfort

Mayer Brown International, Belgium

Jean-Philippe Montfort is one of Europe's leading and most experienced legal practitioners on EU chemical legislation. He leads Mayer Brown's REACH and CSS team, and Mayer Brown’s Global Chemical Industry Group. He provides strategic advice and advocacy and litigation support to companies and trade associations to defend substances targeted under the REACH, the CLP and now the CSS.


Eléonore Mullier

Steptoe & Johnson, Belgium

Eléonore Mullier is a Partner at Steptoe & Johnson. She specializes in EU regulatory law and litigation, advising clients who come into contact with EU regulations affecting the placing on the EU market of their products. Eléonore's knowledge extends to the entire life-cycle of materials, from chemicals legislation (biocides, REACH, classification and labelling, POPs, PPPs, etc.) to product and waste legislation (CE marking, RoHS/WEEE, Ecodesign, medical devices, single use plastics, waste and end-of-waste). She also advises clients on the interface between these regulations and on cross-sectoral issues including the European Green Deal initiatives.


Tomas Rydberg

Swedish Environmental Research Institute (IVL), Sweden

Tomas Rydberg is a senior researcher for Life Cycle Management, holding a PhD in Chemical Environmental Science. He has more than 25 years of professional experience in working with chemicals substitution including life cycle assessment based chemicals selection and management. He has led several research activities and projects on chemical pollution research, including the Swedish Research program ChEmiTecs (2008-2013), assessing the magnitude of the problem on National scale for Sweden regarding emissions of chemical additives from the material stock.His current research is on life cycle approaches to chemicals substitution and chemicals assessment within life cycle assessment, as part of the Mistra SafeShem research programme.


Claudia Schäfer

knoell, Germany

Claudia Schäfer holds a PhD degree in Biology and has completed successfully the German DGPT Toxicology program. She is currently employed at knoell Germany, where she is an Expert in the field of regulatory toxicology with specific focus on biocides.


Xenia Trier

European Environment Agency, Denmark

Xenia Trier joined the European Environment Agency in 2016 and has a background in analytical chemistry with an MSc in chemistry and physics, and a PhD in environmental analytical chemistry. Since 1998 she worked in a commercial compliance laboratory and at the Danish National Food Institute, DTU on the development of research, compliance, and enforcement methods on environmental, product, food and human blood matrices, at national and at the EU level. At the EEA she works at the science-policy interface on the risk governance of chemicals (EEA 2018, EEA SOER2020), where she provides inputs to the EU processes on the EU chemicals Strategy for Sustainability (CSS).


Martina Vosteen

Ramboll, Germany

Martina Vosteen holds a PhD in Chemistry and has over 20 years of experience as a Consulting Chemist and has managed hundreds of product and environmental liability risk assessments, particularly for the chemical, pharmaceutical, medical devices and food industries. She is experienced in product-related regulatory support including registration of chemicals, biocides and pharmaceuticals for international operating companies. Her REACH consultancy work focusses on the technical advice to manufacturers and downstream-users regarding the compliance and requirements of REACH. She managed several lead registrant dossiers for international chemical industry companies. Martina provides strategic and technical support for authorisation applications under REACH (consulting on exemption strategies, analyses of alternatives and socio-economic assessment).


Michael Warhurst

CHEM Trust, United Kingdom

Michael Warhurst is a PhD Biochemist who has been the Executive Director of CHEM Trust since 2014. At CHEM Trust, a collaboration between a UK and a German charity, he works at EU, UK and international levels to prevent man-made chemicals from causing long term damage to wildlife or humans, by ensuring that chemicals which cause such harm are substituted with safer alternatives.


Suzanne Wiandt

Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Germany

Suzanne Wiandt is currently working at the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) in Dortmund. She is Head of the "REACH Helpdesk, Chemical Assessment” unit, and this area of activity includes participation in the implementation of European chemicals legislation (REACH). She has previously worked in other Federal and European Organisations, like the Federal Environment Agency in Berlin or at the OSPAR Commission in London, where she obtained experiences in substance evaluation and priority setting procedures. As such she was involved as an expert in various EU projects on the impact of REACH.


Véronique Willems

The European Association of Craft, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises – SME united, Belgium

Veronique Willems is representing Crafts and SMEs in Europe as the Secretary General of SMEunited (formerly known as UEAPME), which she joined in January 2017. Beforehand and as from 2009, she was the Head of European Affairs at UNIZO (SMEunited Belgian member organisation) and was responsible for advocacy on policies affecting SMEs at EU-level. She started her career at UNIZO in 1999 as Policy Officer in charge of education, training and SME counselling and went on to work at the regional office (Vlaams-Brabant & Brussel) as responsible for advocacy at regional level, mentorship programs and individual counselling for entrepreneurs. She holds a Law degree from Vrije Universiteit Brussels and a Master’s Degree in Commercial sciences / Business management from VLEKHO Brussels.


Markus Wolperdinger

Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology (IGB), Germany

Markus Wolperdinger (PhD) has been the director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB since 2018. His scientific interests focus on the field of bioeconomy, process development and the transfer of technological innovations to industrial implementation. He is currently a member of several Fraunhofer committees as well as national and European advisory boards



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