Catalysis has a crucial rule in the continental economy. They valued that catalysis contributes for about 25% to the gross national product of industrial countries. It could be enough to consider that about 80-90% of the processes to produce chemicals is anyway catalytic and that the turnover of Dutch catalysis corresponds to 25 billions of euros. On the contrary in Italy industrial catalysis doesn't have the same economic influence– to give an example the word "catalysis" is not present in the Report 2002/2003 of Federchimica “Chemical Industry in Italy” - though the researchers community is one of the most numerous and active at an european level.
European researchers community of catalysis has its benchmark in EFCATS – European Federation of Catalysis Societies – which also GIC refers to.
EFCATS aims to create a wider and wider community where the different branches of catalysis, as homogeneous catalysis, heterogeneous catalysis, bio-catalysis and polymerization could interact.
Fundamental aims of EFCATS are:
Promotion of the learning society;
Awareness of needs of the researchers and actions to solve them;
Gathering of interactions between academy and industry and network collaborations;
Improvement of communication among policy makers, pubblic opinion and operators.
At the moment EFCATS is moulding its rule
to become a central character in the european setting, to etch in politics for research and development and to contribute to draw a roadmap of European Catalysis.