Solvay at the World Economic Forum, Davos - 2017

Day 4 - Breaking through the Unknown

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Together with other business, scientific community and political leaders, Solvay’s CEO Jean-Pierre Clamadieu discussed during a lunch session at Davos, the ties between business and science and the need for exploratory research to feed and enrich corporate R&I activities.

"The famous 1911 Solvay Conference on Physics is a great illustration of the links that Solvay has always had with breakthrough science", said Jean-Pierre Clamadieu. "Today we continue to support a number of projects in academia or public institution and recognize great scientists like Professor L. Ben Feringa who has been awarded the Solvay Prize for innovation in Chemistry a year before he received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. We have also developed an original model by creating joint advanced labs with public research organisations like the French CNRS and various universities allowing us to access more effectively advanced research results."

Building an efficient research ecosystem that connects science, research and innovation between universities and companies was a point of agreement between all the leaders. The connection will create fruitful synergies, helping to stretch the realm of scientific and technical possibilities. Attracting bright students into scientific studies and allowing them to pursue their careers in public or private research was also considered as a priority requiring joint efforts between public and private sectors.

Day 3 - Climate Action – Climate Leaders need to walk the talk

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Together with other business leaders and policy makers, Solvay CEO Jean-Pierre Clamadieu called Climate Leaders to action, stressing that they have a key role to play in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the short term.
"More than one year after COP21, it’s time to show a successful de-correlation between our business growth and our emissions",said Jean-Pierre Clamadieu. “It means a real breakthrough in our ways to operate."
Walking the talk, Solvay is making progress towards its 2015-2025 target of reducing its carbon intensity by 40%, with an interim target of -20% in 2018. Earlier this year, the Group started implementing an internal carbon price. Effective economic mechanisms, such as accelerating the connection between carbon markets, are a key driver to deliver transformational climate action.
Climate Leaders should also develop collaborative  technology-based innovations to create low-carbon options, like Solvay’s initiatives fostering disruptive opportunities with leaders in the cement, steel and chemical industries - whose first conclusions were shared during COP22 in Marrakech.

Day 2 - Clean Mobility – Solvay can help you get there

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Together with policy makers and business leaders from the mobility sector, Solvay's CEO Jean-Pierre Clamadieu discussed Solvay ongoing and planned actions to achieve a low-carbon and low emission mobility system.
"Developing policies to reduce global COemissions and matching them with the right technological solutions is key to phase out fossil fuels and switch to more efficient friendly technologies," said Jean-Pierre Clamadieu, in the mobility breakfast session organized on January 18, 2017 at the World Economic Forum.
The fast implementation of COP21 actions remain a priority to succeed the energy transition, offering an opportunity for the automotive manufacturers to produce lighter vehicles enabled thanks to Solvay's innovative solutions such as the use of composites materials for chassis and body. Innovation will continue to have a key role to play by offering competitiveness, performance and affordability to the end consumer.

Day 1 - Game changers in the energy system and the role of the chemical industry

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Together with CEOs representing the Energy, Mining and Chemicals communities, Solvay's CEO Jean-Pierre Clamadieu shared insights on the mega trends in the energy system and the impact of digitization on the existing business models.

"As a responsible chemical player, we want to leverage the development of technological innovations that increase our commitment to the environment" said Jean-Pierre Clamadieu, in a dinner discussion organized on January 17, 2017 at the World Economic Forum.

He highlighted the fact that if automation has made its ways into chemicals plants decades ago, the availability of cheap sensors allowing to generate very large amount of data and new data analytics concepts (so called "big data") represent a significant opportunity to improve our plants efficiency, reduce our raw material consumption and waste generation and allow more flexibility in plant operations making it possible to follow demand patterns and reduce inventories. 

The fast development of reliable and competitive renewable energy production is an opportunity for us to revisit our sourcing policy with the objective to reduce our COfootprint and meet some specific customer's requirements.