25 November 2011 15:45 [Source: ICIS news]
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“We need such a [global] deal, to ensure that Germany’s chemical industry will remain internationally competitive, and that it will be able to develop new energy-savings products,” said Klaus Engel, who is the president of Frankfurt-based chemical trade group VCI and the CEO of specialty chemicals major Evonik.
Climate protection is a global responsibility, Engel said in an article he contributed to
The EU accounts for only around 13% of global emissions. As such, the 27 EU countries alone cannot achieve an improvement in the global climate. Climate protection can only be achieved if all countries with greenhouse gas emissions commit to it, Engel said.
Engel also said that
The industry manages to bring economic growth and climate protection to a “common denominator” as it develops innovative products that help to “decouple” production from energy use, Engel said.
Engel pointed to the chemical industry’s role in developing and producing car batteries for electric vehicles, as well as to products that help insulate homes and buildings. In addition, the nanomaterials sector can help cut energy use in many applications, he said.
In related news, VCI said a survey it commissioned showed that nine out of 10 Germans think that a global climate protection deal is either “important” or “very important.”
VCI general manager Utz Tillmann said the survey underlines the need for political leaders at the
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