This webinar presents the key findings from the new report "Petrochemicals and Climate Change: Tracing Globally Growing Emissions and Key Blind Spots in a Fossil-Based Industry" co-authored by an interdisciplinary team of researchers from Lund University and ETH Zurich. The findings and implications of the report will be the topic of a discussion with a panel of researchers and experts.
With the risk of climate breakdown becoming ever more pressing as the world is on track for 2.7 degrees warming, pressure is increasing on all sectors of the economy to break with fossil fuel dependence and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In this context, the chemical industry and the production of important basic chemicals is a key sector to consider. Although historically a driver of economic development, the sector is highly dependent on fossil resources for use as both feedstock and fuel in the production of as well organic as inorganic chemicals.
The report shows how efficiency improvements continues to be the main focus for reducing the climate impact of petrochemicals, but that this is a completely inadequate approach for achieving the emissions reductions necessary in the coming decades. Breakthrough technologies are unlikely to be deployed at a rate consistent with international climate targets, and there is a great risk in relying on the promises of technologies which are yet to be proven at scale. The large knowledge gaps that remain are key barriers for effective governance of the transition.
Moderator: Fredric Bauer (Lund University)
Presenters: Christopher Oberschelp (ETH Zurich), Joachim Peter Tilsted (Lund University)
Panelists: Olle Olsson (Stockholm Environment Institute), Jonathan Cullen (University of Cambridge), Camilla Oliveira (Agora Energiewende)
Download the full report here: https://portal.research.lu.se/en/publications/petrochemicals-and-climate-change-tracing-globally-growing-emissi