PODCAST: Chemical industry must wake up to climate emergency

Will Beacham


BARCELONA (ICIS)–Chemical business leaders need to up their game and end the industry’s reliance on oil and gas as the climate emergency gathers pace.

  • Chemical industry still too wedded to oil and gas
  • Post-petrochemical transformation needs to start now
  • Must become part of the solution, not the problem
  • Developing world growth may slow or go negative, preventing emergence of middle class
  • New demand for chemicals to mitigate climate change
  • Oil and gas companies may swallow up chemicals companies
  • Consumers may consume less energy and materials, so smaller scale plants suitable
  • Regulators push demand-side reform to cut consumption

In this Think Tank podcast, Will Beacham interviews ICIS Insight Editor Nigel Davis, ICIS Senior Consultant Asia John Richardson and Paul Hodges, chairman of New Normal Consulting.

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Editor’s note: This podcast is an opinion piece. The views expressed are those of the presenter and interviewees, and do not necessarily represent those of ICIS.

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