We need to combat climate change now. Climate change is now affecting every country on every continent. It is disrupting national economies and affecting lives, costing people, communities and countries dearly today and even more tomorrow.
Greenhouse gas emissions from human activities are driving climate change and continue to rise. Without action, the world’s average surface temperature is projected to rise over the 21st century and is likely to surpass 3° Celsius this century with huge impact. For example for each 1 degree of temperature increase, grain yields decline by around 5 %.
Affordable, scalable solutions are now available to enable countries to leapfrog to become cleaner, more resilient economies. The transition to a reliable, sustainable and competitive energy system means increased use of renewable energy. The European chemical industry has an essential role in the development of advanced materials and effective technologies for renewable energy production and storage.