Energy & Climate Change

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The chemical industry is doing its part to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by pursuing two complementary actions.

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First, chemical companies are improving energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas intensity in their own facilities. Second, by innovating new products that reduce emissions when used by other industries and consumers.

Across all major regions the chemical industry has significantly reduced both energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions:

  • The European chemical industry reports that overall greenhouse gas emissions have been curbed by 53% between 1990 and 2011, while production increased by more than 61%.
  • Between 1990 and 2012, the Japanese chemical industry improved energy efficiency by 15%, and reduced absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 29%.
  • In the United States, the industry's absolute greenhouse gas emissions fell 16% between 1990 and 2008. At the same time, chemical industry production rose 39%. As a result, greenhouse gas intensity fell (improved) 39.4%. Since 1974, U.S. industry has improved energy efficiency (reduced energy consumption per unit of output) by 53%.

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ICCA Video: Chemistry and Energy-Efficient Buildings [links to YouTube]

 

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Stakeholder dialogue on catalysis and buildings efficiency

The video below summarizes a stakeholder workshop held in Brussels on November 7, 2013, by EU policy news service EurActiv and sponsored by ICCA. It includes comments by ICCA Energy and Climate Change Leadership Group Vice Chair Russel Mills on how the chemicals industry provides products that help buildings become more energy efficient. Cecila Tam from IEA also took part in the event, and discusses how the chemicals sector can improve its own energy efficiency through catalysis and other new technlogoies.

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The latest publication

Building Technology Roadmap - Fact sheet (30 November 2013) 

A two-page leaflet on the chemical industry’s contribution to energy and greenhouse gas savings in housing and commercial construction.

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More information and resources

Other

Addressing the Avoided Emissions Challenge (30 October 2013) 

Guidelines from the chemical industry for accounting for and reporting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions avoided along the value chain based on comparative studies

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LCA Executive Guide PPT presentation (10 October 2013) 

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Life Cycle Assessment report (15 August 2013) 

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Technology Roadmap: Energy and GHG Reductions in the Chemical Industry via Catalytic Processes (19 June 2013) 

The IEA, ICCA and DECHEMA jointly released in June 2013 their new roadmap that explores how the chemical industry can further amplify catalysis and other related technology advances to boost energy efficiency in its production processes.

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Building Technology Roadmap - Report (23 November 2012) 

PDF [3415KB]

Life Cycle Analysis report (full version) (07 July 2009) 

In this study Mc Kinsey examined the global chemical industry’s impact on greenhouse gas emissions through the life cycle of chemical products and the difference they make in the applications they enable.

PDF [3175KB]

Life Cycle Analysis report (Executive summary) (07 July 2009) 

In this study, Mc Kinsey examined the global chemical industry’s impact on greenhouse gas emissions through the life cycle of chemical products and the difference they make in the applications they enable.

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Summary of the Life Cycle Analysis report divided in questions (07 July 2009) 

In this study, Mc Kinsey examined the global chemical industry’s impact on greenhouse gas emissions through the life cycle of chemical products and the difference they make in the applications they enable.

PDF [390KB]

Leaflet

Energy & Climate Change Priorities (20 November 2012) 

PDF [325KB]

Principles for Global Policies to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions (30 November 2009) 

ICCA, the worldwide voice of the chemical industry, has developed a set of eight policy principles to help guide post-2012 global climate discussions.

PDF [667KB]

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