First Year Report | Carbon clarity in the petrochemical supply chain

October 25, 2022

The decarbonisation of the petrochemical sector is challenging given the complexity of supply chains and thermodynamic constraints of the chemical reactions. Emissions are released throughout their life cycles, with varying stages dominating for different products. Mitigation options are therefore less straightforward than in other industries, requiring a system-wide approach. The nature of the sector also makes data collection and analysis challenging, meaning there is currently no reliable, comprehensive picture of GHG emissions or energy, mass, and trade flows of the petrochemical sector.


Ammonia Production Processes from Energy and Emissions Perspectives: A Technical Brief

Banafsheh Jabarivelisdeh, December 13, 2022

Ammonia is a key chemical produced at large volumes to meet vast global demands for products such as fertilisers. It plays a key role in the global economy, but this is not without cost to the planet. Ammonia production also requires large amounts of energy and releases significant quantities of greenhouse gases. This brief includes technical descriptions of the main ammonia production technologies to build understanding of the current production pathways, the associated energy usage, their process emissions statuses, and the potentials for sustainable ammonia production.


Plastics and climate change—Breaking carbon lock-ins through three mitigation pathways

Jonathan Cullen, May 11, 2022

The plastic industry is dependent on fossil fuels in various ways that result in strong “carbon lock-ins” throughout the value chain and large and growing CO2 emissions. The industry must decarbonize to reach global net-zero pledges.


Interdependence of Growth, Structure, Size and Resource Consumption During an Economic Growth Cycle

Carey KingMay 5, 2022

Scientists and economists often seek to understand the linkages among natural resources consumption and the cost of resources in tandem with the growth rate, size, and structure of complex systems. These systems can be biological organisms, ecosystems, and national or global economies.

The equipment of oil refining, Detail of oil pipeline with valves in large oil refinery, Industrial zone.

A Network Analysis of the Petrochemicals Industry in Western Europe

Chris and Penny Hamlin, April 16, 2021

This paper examines the role of networks in establishing and sustaining industrial sectors and clusters, the consequent behaviours of those clusters and their participants, and ultimately the implications of the extended enterprise for participants, regulators and researchers.


Plastics in the UK

Jonathan Cullen, October 28, 2020

Plastics are ubiquitous in modern society, owing to their usefulness, durability and how cheap and easy they are to produce. This makes plastics both a blessing and a curse.