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Aerial view over energy and chemical industrial facilities in Rotterdam Photo: Porthos consortium
Carbon capture and storage will play a significant role in European petrochemicals decarbonisation, as demonstrated by the Porthos CCS project at Pernis refinery in Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Photo: Porthos consortium

Petrochemicals is one of the largest and most greenhouse gas (GHG) intensive industry sectors, but it has ambitions to become climate neutral by 2050. Brian Davis reports on key European initiatives.

The European petrochemical industry’s goal of reaching climate neutrality by 2050 is a big challenge, according to Frans Stokman, Executive Director of Petrochemicals Europe, part of the European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic).


He maintains that the sector is dealing with a quadruple challenge, namely:
• Reaching climate neutrality. 
• Achieving a circular economy.
• Undergoing digital transformation.
• Implementation of the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability (CSS).


The challenges are being tackled under the European Green Deal, for which Stokman has identified several priority areas including electrification, feedstocks, the need for a level playing field with carbon pricing; carbon neutrality; energy efficiency; implementing the CSS and sustainable products; recycling; innovation; and carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS).


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