Contact the team

For Sustainability related enquiries, please contact:

Pete Walters

[email protected]


Be part of it 

Members are invited to get involved with the Sustainability Steering Group 

For further information, or to express an interest in joining, please contact Pete above.

CIA's Vision of Sustainability

Our vision builds on CIA’s 2004 and 2010 Sustainable Development programmes and outlines some of our activities that contribute towards building a more sustainable future.  A number of resources have been incorporated including CIA’s materiality assessment and the vision correlates with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.  We continue to develop our collective approach to the Global Goals.


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Below is a snapshot of the UK chemical industry, which outlines some of the progress, contributions and challenges that lie ahead. This information is drawn from a range of sources including the Office for National Statistics, surveys, the European Patent Office, the National Atmospheric Emissions Inventory.

Sustainable growth and innovation

1. R&D expenditure:     
the chemical industry invests £5 billion each year on research and development. 
2. GVA the chemical and pharmaceutical industry adds £18 billion of value to the UK economy every year from total annual turnover of £50 billion.
3. Patents: 30% of EU patents granted by the UK between 2008 and 2017 were in the field of chemistry; more than any other field of technology.
4. Productivity:                        the chemical and pharmaceutical industry outperforms every other individual manufacturing sector in terms of labour productivity, increasing our output per hour by over 140% since 2000.  The chemical industry alone has increased its productivity by over 60% since 2010.

Low carbon, circular economy

5. GHG emissions & energy efficiency:                    
under Climate Change Agreements the UK chemical industry has increased its energy efficiency by 42% since 1990 and has reduced GHG emissions by more than 70% over the same period.  For every tonne of GHG emitted by the global chemical industry its products and technologies enable over 2 tonnes of GHG emissions savings.
6. Waste recovered: over the period 2005-2016, England's chemical industry doubled the proportion of waste sent for recovery, whilst reducing total waste.
7. Resource efficiency: over the period of 2011-2016, CIA members reduced their waste sent for disposal per tonne of product (E-Factor) by over 35%.

Responsibility and stewardship

8. Lost time accident rate:                         CIA members supported by Responsible Care have reduced the rate of lost time accidents by almost 60% since we started collecting data in 1992.  This means that for every hour worked, there are 60% fewer lost time accidents than there were in 1992. 
9. Emissions to air: the chemical sector has reduced emissions to air for the five main National Emissions Ceilings Directive Pollutants by an average of more than 60% since 2000.  Chemical manufacturers alone have reduced their emissions of volatile organic compounds by 95% since 1990.
10. Hazardous waste:                                    hazardous waste produced by the chemical industry has reduced by more than a third since 2013.

People and community

11. Gender diversity:  the chemical and pharmaceutical industry’s workforce is over 30% female, which outperforms manufacturing in general by around 8%.
12. Employment: employs 140,000 people directly and supports a total of 400,000 indirect jobs, many of which are outside South East England.

Figures correct as at February 2019

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