By the middle of the century, crude oil will have become scarcer and the chemical industry will have to find other raw materials. A chemical industry using mainly biomass is possible, a study says.
Twenty years ago the chemical industry had a terrible reputation with politicians from the Green party in Germany. That has changed. As recently as 2009, the Green party’s parliamentary group stressed that the chemical industry was an important economic asset to Germany.
Still, Greens expect the chemical industry to start producing large amounts of compostable plastics and move climate protection forward. “Without the chemical industry we will not be able to reach the EU target of reducing CO2 emissions by 80 percent by 2050,” said Uwe Lahl, a consultant on environmental technology who used to head a department of the federal environment ministry.
Tags: crude oil, compostable plastics, renewable materials
Source: DW-World, 2012-01-25.