ChemistryCAN create low-carbon solutions


Chemicals play a major role in the production of renewable energy and in enabling other sectors to reduce their carbon footprint

The European Union has ambitious goals to address climate change by moving toward a low-carbon economy – one that will minimise emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases (GHGs). However, achieving the EU’s target GHG reductions of 80-95% by 2050 will take considerable advances in products, materials, production processes and services across all sectors.

We continue to work hard as a sector to change to low-carbon chemical production and products. By investing in research and innovation, the chemical industry is developing breakthrough technologies and essential molecules that improve our own and others’ energy efficiency. And we increasingly make use of low-carbon energy sources and alternative feedstock.

The chemical industry provides solutions for achieving major energy savings in many value chains, with benefits in CO2 emission reductions and improved carbon productivity.

A recent (2017) analysis by Accenture on the circular economy calculated that by 2030 it will be feasible to achieve a 20-fold increase in energy efficiency from today’s baseline, through enabling technologies delivered by the chemicals industry. Major contributions would include helping to increase the durability of goods, facilitating the sharing economy, and increasing energy efficiency.

While the potential is huge, it’s also clear that the capital expenditure required will be significant, and a clean, low-carbon future will rely on widespread collaboration.

Case studies

Energy efficient “cool roofs” can reducing the need for air conditioning

Designing with energy efficiency in mind

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Making renewable energy work

Salt-filled ponds accumulate and store solar energy for further use

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Promoting the use of wind energy

Chemical industry-led consortium to buy renewable energy from offshore wind farm

In the Netherlands AkzoNobel has set up a consortium, which includes DSM, Google and Philips,…

Converting heat into energy

A new generator technology transforms waste heat into electricity

A thermoelectric generator (TEG) developed by Evonik makes it possible to turn waste heat from…

Towards more resilient wind turbines

New polyurethane rotor blade helps wind turbines last longer

Covestro has developed an alternative to well-established epoxy based composites, recently launching the first ever large…

Reducing air pollution

The AdBlue technology can neutralize up to 90% of nitrogen oxide emissions from diesel engines

Reducing exhaust emissions is a major challenge for the automobile industry. Forthcoming exhaust emission standards…