ICCA to highlight chemicals' role at UN climate-change event

28 November 2012 12:41  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--The International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) is to highlight the role that products created by the global chemicals industry play in increasing energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s COP-18 Conference in Doha, Qatar, the association said on Wednesday.

“Chemistry plays a central role in climate mitigation, both in terms of cost-efficient reductions in energy consumption as well as providing technologies to decarbonise energy production, thus further reducing GHG [greenhouse gas] emissions,” said Russell Mills, vice chairman of the ICCA Energy & Climate Change Leadership Group.

The ICCA has called for policymakers at the event to agree on measures to incentivise greater adoption of energy-efficient products, with a particular focus on improvements in building efficiency.

“Energy efficiency is the area where there is broadest consensus amongst all governments on the need for increased action. It’s crucial that COP-18 supports this with concrete policy improvements and political commitments to expand best practices,” Mills added.

The ICCA is currently preparing several technology reports focusing on the contributions of the chemicals industry to energy efficiency and GHG emissions reduction.

The latest, focusing on chemically derived buildings efficiency materials and technologies, will be launched on 7 December at a COP-18 side event that the association is running with the European Business Council for Sustainable Energy.

COP-18 runs from 26 November to 7 December.

By: Tom Brown
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