Chemistry Can create low-carbon solutions


Chemicals help other sectors reduce their carbon footprint


The European Union has ambitious goals to address climate change. They should be achieved by moving toward a low-carbon economy and minimising greenhouse gases emissions. Achieving the EU’s GHG reductions target of 80-95% by 2050 means our society will have to revolutionise materials, production processes and services across all sectors.

The EU chemical industry reduced its GHG emisisons by more than 60% over the past 30 years. We are increasingly using low-carbon energy sources and alternative feedstock to reduce them even further. We also develop solutions that help other sectors improve their energy efficiency. 

According to the recent (2017) analysis by Accenture on the circular economy, enabling technologies delivered by the chemicals industry can help achieve a 20-fold increase in energy efficiency between now and 2030.

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.

Have a look at what chemical companies are working on now.

Case studies

How good insulation leads to food preservation

Improving the efficiency of solar-powered greenhouses

The route that food undergoes from the farm to our forks is not one without…

Cool transport

Food delivery: maximising reliability, minimising energy consumption

Our local store or supermarket supplies us with the ingredients we need to prepare our…

Smart solutions for hybrid-electric driving

Innovative materials developed by the chemical industry help create a low-carbon car

Europe is on the way to reducing emissions from its transport. In addition to switching…

Chemistry can power electric mobility

Building a safe and high-performance battery for electric vehicles

When we see an electric vehicle on the street, we immediately think of its core…

Creating smart homes

Smart solutions help save on energy bills and protect the environment

Considering that traditional buildings account for a whopping 40% of all energy consumption, and around…

Designing with energy efficiency in mind

Energy efficient “cool roofs” reduce the need for air conditioning

Buildings are responsible for 40% of energy consumption and 36% of CO2 emissions in the EU….

Making renewable energy work

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

Our society has learnt to generate energy from renewable sources such as wind and solar…

Promoting the use of renewable 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…

New polyurethane rotor blade helps wind turbines last longer

Towards more resilient wind turbines

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

Reducing air pollution

The selective catalytic reduction technology can neutralise up to 90% of nitrogen oxide emissions from diesel engines

Reducing air pollution and exhaust emissions is a major challenge for the automobile industry. Forthcoming…