Under the Green Deal, the European Union (EU) is currently developing a wide range of climate and sustainability-focused policies which will either directly or indirectly affect the leather industry.

One policy framework the RCI highlighted is the Sustainable Carbon Cycles communication, published in December 2021, which it says, “represents a milestone in policy development for sustainable carbon use”.

The paper outlines a vision that, by 2030, 20% of carbon entailed in products and materials should come from non-fossil sources. The RCI supports this goal and will urge policy makers to follow up with concrete targets.

The organisation has emphasised the importance of high ambitions in emissions reduction targets and keeping carbon in a true cycle before focusing on removal.

In another area, the green and digital transition roadmap of the chemical industry is currently being developed and is another area where the RCI is actively cooperating.

The RCI’s main goal, it says, is raising awareness that carbon embedded in molecules also contributes to global warming and the need for sustainable feedstock choices, which can only be derived from biomass, CO2 and recycled carbon.

The organisation said: “The overarching process around the transition roadmap of the chemical industry is an ideal place to get this idea rooted in the minds of policy makers and RCI has been glad to notice the openness of many stakeholders towards our main principles.”