Does it help to make industrial chemicals with captured CO2? Sometimes

A factory that makes industrial chemicals from fossil fuels.

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petrochemical industry, manufacturer of ethylene and propylene,
Wilton, Teesside, UK. (credit: Photo by Photofusion/Universal
Images Group via Getty Images)

When we think about climate change, we most often think about
emissions from two sectors: energy and transportation. But industry
makes a big contribution to climate change too. Industrial
emissions come from a lot of different things, including the
manufacture of common chemicals. Often, these chemicals are made by
reforming fossil fuels using heat that’s also provided by burning
fossil fuels.

Overall, the chemical industry consumes about 10 percent of

global final energy
, according to the International Energy
Agency.

In a recent PNAS paper, researchers from universities in Germany
and California tried to estimate how effectively the chemical
industry could de-carbonize, and whether such a decarbonization is
likely.

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Does it help to make industrial chemicals with captured CO2? Sometimes