Ratcliffe: Europe must go for shale gas 

By David Eldridge. 7 November 2014

The chemicals industry faces dire consequences if Europe does not develop low-cost energy to make it competitive with other regions like the US which is benefiting from shale gas, says Jim Ratcliffe, chairman of Ineos


“Europe has invested three times as much in renewables as the US has spent on shale. Europe’s energy balance gets 5% from renewables and the US gets 50% from shale. So who looks smarter, the Europeans or the Americans?” said Ratcliffe.


Plastics industry lays out EU policy manifesto 

By David Eldridge, 4 November 2014

The European plastics industry has published a manifesto alerting Brussels to the many impediments it faces and which it hopes will influence EU policy. The wide ranging manifesto, written by leading trade bodies PlasticsEurope and EuPC, makes recommendations to policymakers, seeking their support for the industry’s competitiveness which is under threat from regulation, high energy costs and negative perceptions.