Report: Chemical Sector Exacerbates Climate Crisis

Dec. 21, 2021
Report highlights chemical industry’s use of fossil fuels.

A new report calls out the chemical sector for its use of fossil fuels and subsequent contribution to exacerbating global warming, according to an article from Grist. The report, published by the nonprofit Center for Progressive Reform with input from other environmental nonprofits, says legislators should demand more of the industry, including putting more stringent measures in place that would require chemical plants to become more energy efficient.

According to the report cited, the chemical industry is responsible for 7% of total global greenhouse gas emissions — or 3.3 gigatons of greenhouse gas emissions a year. This is considerably less than the fossil fuel industry itself, which owns 89% of global carbon emissions, yet still a significant contribution to the problem and one, says the report, that continues to be overlooked.

“We can’t solve the climate crisis without significantly reducing and replacing fossil fuels throughout the chemical industry,” says Darya Minovi, policy analyst at the Center for Progressive Reform in a press release. “The chemical industry must do its part to stop our global temperatures from rising to the point of no return.”

Read the entire article here.

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