Dr. Josef R. Wuensch, Senior Vice President R&D Performance Materials at BASF, will be the new Chairman of SusChem, the European Technology Platform for Sustainable Chemistry. This was announced during the Board meeting in November 2020. As of January 1st, 2021, he succeeds Dr. Markus Steilemann, CEO of Covestro, who held the Chairman position since October 2017.
Dr. Wuensch will lead the Board in managing SusChem’s initiatives and strategies. It is a crucial moment for the EU, with the European Green Deal leading its policy priorities. This flagship initiative will challenge and change the EU’s economy and society to become more sustainable and inclusive. Research and innovation in sustainable technologies and future materials will play a leading role in turning this challenge into opportunities for Europe. Indeed, many of the key initiatives under the Green Deal can rely on Sustainable Chemistry and Industrial Biotechnology. This is reflected in SusChem’s Sustainable Innovation and Research Agenda (SIRA) launched in November 2019.
David Spichiger, SCS