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Our world could not function without plastic, synthetic textiles, and their derivatives. The petrochemical sector is accountable for a third of industrial energy use and almost a fifth of global industrial CO2 emissions. The expected doubling of demand for chemicals expected to double by 2050 will place even further strain on the environment.

C-THRU is a 3-year, US$4m, international research project which aims to deliver foresight on the future interventions and innovation opportunities in the petrochemical sector required to minimise greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This will be achieved by delivering the world’s most comprehensive, reliable and transparent account of current and future emissions for the global petrochemical sector. This account and the underlying modelling methods, tools and data will support strategic policy and business decision-making to promote the sustainability of the petrochemical sector, making it compatible with climate change mitigation goals.