The UK chemical industry is a vital part of our economy. It accounts for 2% of UK GDP and 10% of manufacturing gross value added. It is UK manufacturing’s largest exporter. The industry’s products pervade our society and are critical to the quality of life currently enjoyed by the public. A thriving and sustainable chemical industry is vital to our future.
To secure that future the chemical industry needs to reduce its overall environmental impact. Public and political pressures plus the physical limitations of the ecosphere mean that the chemical industry must change. It cannot continue at current levels of impact.
Green chemical technology is a route to a more sustainable chemical industry.
Report prepared for the Crystal Faraday Partnership
Published 2004, 52 pages