Position paper ‘Chemical Industry: nature is your business’.



Chapter 1: Decleration of Dependence

The past decades have seen a rising global awareness on topics like climate change, biodiversity loss, deforestation, and pollution. The focus though, has largely been on climate change, which itself is mostly being equalled to CO2 or Green House Gas (GHG) emissions. Climate action is high on the agendas of the chemical sector, and industry in general. Rightfully so, since climate change mitigation is of utmost importance to reach the goals for 2050 of the Paris Agreement and the 2030 targets of the SDGs. However, this paper aims to highlight why and how the chemical sector should already start moving beyond the climate agenda (with its focus mostly on reducing GHG emissions) towards a carbon neutral and nature positive agenda. This paper provides arguments for this call to action, by showing (a) how climate change mitigation, - adaption and nature are very much interlinked, and (b) why going beyond CO2-reduction and striving for climate neutrality alone is necessary to reach the SDGs. And why move towards the new carbon neutral, circular and nature positive economy should be part of the strategic decisions of chemical companies.

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