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Chemicals and plastics industry providing solutions to energy and climate challenges - 14 November 2013

The chemicals and plastics industry is at the heart of global efforts to help find sustainable solutions to climate challenges, said the Plastics and Chemicals Industries Association (PACIA).

In recognition of this pivotal role, the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) will today host a side event at this year’s 19th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP-19) convened in Warsaw. This event will bring together a panel of experts from the chemical industry, the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) to offer their perspectives on innovative solutions to energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions reduction.

“The importance of the chemicals and plastics industry as a solutions provider to mitigating the impacts of climate change can not be overstated,” said Margaret Donnan, Chief Executive of PACIA.

“The Australian chemicals and plastics industry is crucial in development of more energy efficient, ‘greener’ products and technologies, such as new energy saving insulation materials, more energy efficient lighting solutions, light weighted packaging, low-temperature detergents and renewable energy technology such as solar panels.

“In fact, as demonstrated in McKinsey’s 2009 independent carbon life cycle analysis of the global chemical industry, the sector is a net greenhouse gas saver via the products and technologies it makes. The study found that for every unit of greenhouse gases emitted directly and indirectly by the chemical industry, the industry enabled 2-3 units of emission savings via the products and technologies provided to other industries and consumers.

“The Australian chemicals and plastics sector provides inputs into 109 of 111 industries in the Australian economy, so energy and greenhouse gas savings delivered through innovations from our industry, have a direct flow on effect for most industry in Australia,” she said.

The Australian industry is also proactive in driving sustainable outcomes more broadly. This is demonstrated through participation in the world-leading PACIA Sustainability Leadership Framework, and the launch of the PACIA Strategic Industry Roadmap that maps key actions needed for a sustainable future for the industry.

“Ensuring a thriving chemicals and plastics industry in Australia will help the Australian economy directly contribute to reducing global greenhouse emissions,” said Ms Donnan.


Media contact: Claire Selby, [email protected], 0448 028 876
Released 14 November 2013 


PACIA is the pre-eminent national body representing Australia¹s $40bn chemistry industry, whose businesses directly employ 60,000 people and contribute approximately 11.5% of total Australian manufacturing production. PACIA members comprise a broad range of companies positioned across the entire value chain.  Members include chemicals manufacturers, importers and distributors, logistics and supply chain partners, raw material suppliers, plastics fabricators and compounders, chemicals and plastics recyclers and service providers to the industry.  These businesses range from small family-owned companies and innovative medium-sized enterprises, to leading national and multinational enterprises.

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