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.
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.