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A moral imperative – that of preserving the planet for future generations – is transforming the way in which we live and work.

Decarbonisation initiatives are accelerating at a pace that would have been unthinkable only two decades ago. Single-use plastics and vehicles powered by fossil fuels will soon be things of the past.

Few industries are more directly impacted than Chemicals and Energy. Optimise your decision-making and strategic planning with an exploration of the themes shaping the world of tomorrow.

Net zero


Navigating the EU’s CBAM: strategies for APAC companies

EU’s 2023 CBAM affects global trade, notably in APAC, with carbon pricing on imports and the goal of European climate neutrality by 2050.

Engaging suppliers to lower emissions: creating a pathway to sustainability

An exploration of the ways that plastics and chemicals are optimising supply chain emissions.

US Compare to Europe in Race to Net Zero

Europe is widely regarded as leading the energy transition, but how does progress compare with the US?

Digital Infrastructure and Net Zero Targets

What are the ways in which digital infrastructure can help the chemical industry meet net zero targets?

Circular economy


Unlocking the potential of recycling in Asia Pacific

Solving the challenge of waste management for the circular economy.

Supply chain resilience

In 2023, the European Commission released the final Delegated Act for RFNBO, detailing rules for renewable hydrogen production.

Closing The Loop

What are the necessary steps to implementing a fully-functioning circular economy?

Recycled plastics

What are the wider factors impacting the chemicals industry’s drive for sustainability in the region?

Energy transition


What happens after Ukraine’s gas transit contract expires

Ukraine’s five-year gas transit contract expires at the end of the year, raising questions about its extension or cancellation.

Europe’s hydrogen regulations: mapping the path to Net Zero

In 2023, the European Commission released the final Delegated Act for RFNBO, outlining rules for renewable hydrogen production.

The Global Energy Transition

An exploration of the challenges and unique opportunities presented by the energy transition.

US Compare to Europe in Race to Net Zero

Europe is widely regarded as leading the energy transition, but how does progress compare with the US?

Asian Chemical Connections


China PP exports could reach 2.6m tonnes in 2024 as markets become ever-more complex

China’s PP exports surged from 424,746 tonnes in 2020 to between 1.3m and 1.4m tonnes annually from 2021 to 2023. If the January-May 2024 pace continues, exports could reach 2.6m tonnes, doubling last year’s level.

China’s Third Plenum later this month: Implications for petchem markets

We’ll know if the Third Plenum has returned China to its old growth trajectory if CFR China HDPE price spreads over CFR Japan naphtha costs rebound by 164%, LDPE spreads by 62%, and LLDPE spreads by 100%.

China’s ever-more sophisticated chemicals market could entirely serve itself

What’s your Plan B if China becomes self-sufficient in both specialties and commodities?

ICIS Asian Chemical Connections archive

Explore the ICIS Asian Chemical Connections archive for insightful industry articles.


Macroeconomics


Hurricanes and Houthis pressure global supply chains and add to inflation risk

Hurricanes in the US Gulf and Houthi attacks in the Red Sea are disrupting global supply chains and increasing logistics and oil costs.

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Risks mount for ethylene producers as trade tensions rise

The world’s ethylene producers are facing some painful decisions in coming years. Where will all the new North American and Middle Eastern export-oriented capacity go?

ICIS Chemicals and the Economy archive

Discover insights into the intersection of industry and economic trends within the ICIS Chemical and the Economy archive.

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