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Net Zero

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For net zero related enquiries, please contact:

Nishma Patel

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Rich Woolley

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Be part of it 

Members are invited to get involved with various net zero networks and issue teams, which include:

  • Energy and Climate Change Policy
  • Net Zero Council sub group

For further information, or to express an interest in joining, please contact one of the team above.

Case studies


The UK chemical industry’s online exhibition of CIA member sustainability initiatives

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Our Route to Net Zero

Not only are chemicals essential components for delivering a cleaner and greener economy but transforming our chemical production will make a huge contribution towards the UK’s collective net zero transition.

The journey for our sector is not a new one. It has already seen us reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by over 80% since 1990. But the transition does not stop here. Taking 2018 as our base year, a huge collective effort will be required to halve our remaining CO2 emissions by 2034 and to further reduce them by 90% by 2050. This will require us building on our energy efficiency progress, enabling circularity, but above all, access to hydrogen, carbon capture and storage and clean electricity.

Our sector is diverse, with businesses at different stages of their own journeys and our response to climate mitigation and adaptation continues to evolve. Adaptation of chemical business sites and their operations to minimise the risks from projected climate-related severe weather impacts can also make a significant contribution to meeting net zero targets and requires action now to protect businesses. For this reason, we also include links to CIA’s climate change risk assessment guidance.

From guidance and experience sharing, to signposting funding opportunities and events, the resources here aim to provide support, to help businesses navigate at any stage of their transition.

Navigating Net Zero

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Our Publications

Preparing for climate change adaptation

The hydrogen climate solution

Accelerating Britain’s Net Zero Economy - The Chemical Industry: Combating Climate Change

Our Route to Net Zero film series

CIA partnered with ITN Productions Industry News to produce a news-style programme exploring how the chemical industry is at the forefront of the new revolution to make products sustainable, vital in helping the UK achieve its net zero target by 2050.

Watch the series

Selina Downes on set

Industry Commitments


Clariant - Striving towards sustainability leadership in everything we do

Croda - Reducing our carbon footprint and increasing sustainable innovation

Dow Chemical - Accelerating our sustainability commitments

ExxonMobil - Advancing climate solutions

INEOS - Roadmap to achieving net zero emissions by 2050

Net Zero North West - leading the way on industrial decarbonisation and clean growth

Johnson Matthey - Achieving net zero by 2040

Synthomer - Vision 2030: our roadmap to a more sustainable future


  • Industrialising net zero automotive: £25m Innovate UK support for net zero automotive supply chain, incl. batteries, fuel cells and materials. Closes 13 March.
  • Industry Impact Fund: £10-100k STFC support for access to STFC facilities and scientific expertise focussed on energy and net zero. Closes 14 Mar.
  • CCUS deployment: Track-1 expansion: HyNet cluster: Call for applications from CCUS projects for connection to the Track-1 HyNet cluster by 2030. EoI by 2 Feb. Closes 28 Mar.
  • Hydrogen Allocation Round 2: DESNZ’ annual funding round for the Hydrogen Production Business Model looks to support 875MW production. EoI by 5 Feb. Closes 19 April.
  • Carbon Dioxide Utilisation Challenge Fund: £150-500k grants to support for projects in Scotland, that transform CO2 into a product or component with commercial value. Closes 31 March 24
  • EII compensation scheme: Compensation for the cost of carbon pricing in the power sector, which is passed through in electricity bills. Closes 31 March 25
  • EII exemption scheme: Exemption or compensation for a proportion of the indirect cost of funding renewables subsidies. Close TBC – under consultation.
  • Business rates exemption for decarbonisation: Support is for non-domestic buildings and includes on-site renewables (see 2.22). Closes 31 March 25
  • Gas demand side response: National Grid guidance on the new DSR scheme for industrial consumers. Get paid to lower your demand with 1-5 days notice. Application window is 24 Aug – 13 Sep. 
  • Net Zero Innovation Network: A collaborative network and range of resources and events for SME manufacturers wanting to focus on sustainability.
  • Business Energy Aid Toolkit: Specialist resources and advice to help SME manufacturers reduce their energy consumption and increase profitability.
  • Boiler upgrade scheme: Get a grant to cover part of the cost of replacing fossil fuel heating systems with a heat pump or biomass boiler. Closes 31 March 2028. 
  • EV infrastructure grant: Small-to-medium-sized businesses can get grants to install electric vehicle charging infrastructure in their commercial car parks. No end date. 
  • Horizon Europe: Funding for ground breaking research or innovation that responds to challenges like climate change. No end date.
  • Clean Growth Fund: BEIS funded venture capital fund supports innovative technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions or improve resource efficiency in industry. Closes TBC
  • Newhaven Business Grants Programme: Grant funding for SME businesses in Newhaven investing in capital items. 


ExxonMobil backs launch of Solent cluster: A new decarbonisation cluster on England’s south coast, which could store up to 3MtCO2 per year.

INEOS improves energy efficiency: Grangemouth announced a co-funded feasibility study with the Scottish Industrial Energy Transformation Fund.

GSK and AstraZeneca’s decarbonisation pathway: Seven major pharmaceutical companies will follow a new joint industry roadmap to net-zero.

LanzaJet and Nova Pangaea’s SAF: Project Speedbird aims to develop SAFs in the UK for commercial use, with construction of a plant in the North East.

Dow’s bio-based approach: Dow is exploring how bio-based plastics can be used in a way that doesn’t compete with other sector’s needs for bio-based feedstocks.

CF Fertiliser Billingham’s CO2: In Aug, energy prices forced CF Fertilisers to halt ammonia production at Billingham, now the UK’s food and drink sector is struggling to find CO2.

RWE’s CCUS and hydrogen: Associate member, RWE Hydrogen, is looking at CCUS and hydrogen retrofit at Pembroke gas power plant.

JM’s hydrogen technology: Johnson Matthey (JM) has signed an LCH™ technology license with Equinor and Linde Engineering for the H2H Saltend hydrogen plant.

Siemens Gamesa’s recyclable resin: A new resin in Siemens Gamesa’s wind turbines blades mean the blades can be recycled.

£20bn for CCS is half what is needed: INEOS Grangemouth say Chancellor’s £20 billion ‘only half’ of what is needed to capture and store UK carbon.

AstraZeneca reduces travel emissions: Transport & Environment’s analysis looked at air travel emissions, reduction targets and reporting of hundreds of large multinational businesses.