As a major energy user as well as enabler of energy - and emissions- saving solutions in all sectors of society, the European chemical industry has a significant role to play in mitigating climate change.
Cefic initiated a roadmap to explore the impact, opportunities and risks of various energy and technology development scenarios for the European chemical industry in the timeframe from 2020 to 2050. Cefic commissioned Ecofys to perform analyses and bring forward key conclusions and recommendations from their independent viewpoint, in close collaboration with the sector.
Download the Energy Roadmap Brochure: "Energy policy at the crossroads" (published 25th June 2013)
Download the Energy Roadmap report: "European chemistry for growth" (published 22nd April 2013)
Energy efficiency and GHG emissions reduction have always been high on the agenda of the European chemical sector, given the importance of energy costs. Between 1990 and 2010, energy consumption fell by 20% while production climbed 70% in the same period. This has resulted in an energy intensity decrease (energy use divided by the production index) of more than 50%. Reductions of energy intensity were delivered by improvements in energy efficiency, such as the implementation of combined heat and power as an efficient way to meet the electricity and heat demand of the chemical industry, as well as by continuous process improvements.
Despite a substantial increase of 70% in production, GHG emissions have been halved since 1990. The reduction in GHG emissions exceeds the decline in energy use as a result of shifts in the fuel mix towards less carbon intensive fuels (lowering GHG emissions, but not the energy use as such) and also because of a decline in process emissions..
Chemistry and Energy-Efficient Buildings
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Chemistry and the Low-Carbon Economy
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