Climate impact

The chemical industry is the second largest oil-using sector.


The chemical sector ranks as the world’s second-largest consumer of oil, with its demand expected to rise steadily. This significant consumption stems from oil’s role in manufacturing virtually all types of synthetic chemicals found in consumer products. Additionally, oil serves as the primary raw material for the chemical building blocks that plastics are made from. The production of these chemicals results in the emission of over two billion tonnes of greenhouse gases annually. And that is only considering the manufacturing phase. Ultimately, when plastics are discarded and incinerated after use, they emit further greenhouse gases, as not even 10 per cent of discarded plastics are recycled. The high energy use and reliance on fossil fuels within the chemical industry spell troubling news for the planet’s environmental health.


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Let’s not put the chemical crisis off to the next generation.

We call on policy makers in the EU to take action against toxic chemicals in our nature, air, water and bodies. We ask them to:

  • Fully implement the European Union’s promises on its Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability to ensure a toxic-free Europe by 2030
  • A special focus must be to fix the outdated chemicals control law, REACH, to ensure the fast track banning of the most harmful chemicals in consumer products
  • Fully implement the European Union’s action plan to phase out PFAS, including support and facilitate the universal ban of PFAS as well as banning PFAS in sectoral legislations such as toys, cosmetics, packaging and food contact materials.
  • Aid communities affected by forever chemical pollution and ensure thorough monitoring, remediation, ground sanitation, health and other plans in response to their needs. Make polluting PFAS manufacturers and related companies accountable for these.

This petition is done together with several European environmental organisations.