The pathway to net zero: a chemicals perspective

Matthew Royle, Benoit Chachuat, Bing Xu, Elizabeth Gibson

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The global ambition is to reach a net zero waste and emissions society by 2050. For the chemical sector to align with these ambitions, it needs to find alternative resource flows for organic chemicals and derived materials to continue to contribute to the global economy. The current linear approach of the chemical industry is incompatible with emissions reduction targets, social responsibility and sustainable growth policies, a circular economy is viewed as a solution to facilitate the transition towards a net zero society. This paper sets out the current state of play for emissions and waste management from the chemical industry in the EU and UK, a vision to reach a circular economy of chemicals to achieve the ambition of net zero by 2050, and the gaps emerging in the current ecosystem.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1337-1349
Number of pages13
JournalRSC Sustainability
Issue number5
Early online date22 Mar 2024
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2024


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