Chemicals and petrochemicals

Guidance for the chemical and petrochemical sector

Why take action?

The chemical and petrochemical sector is responsible for one eighth of global industrial carbon emissions. Companies in this sector have a crucial role to play in limiting global warming to 1.5ºC. Committing to climate action through science-based targets will drive sustainability improvements across the value chain.

How to set a target

Leading global chemical companies have begun to set science-based targets (SBTs) that meet broad Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) criteria.

To spur further action across the sector, the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) has launched an ongoing scoping project to develop sector-specific methods, to guide chemical and petrochemical companies in setting ambitious targets and begin decarbonization.

By participating in this project, your business will join climate leaders like Royal DSM and Syngenta.

Browse more sectors

If your sector is not listed here, you can still set a science-based target using our methods and resources. Consult the step-by-step guide to get started.

Sector Status
Aluminium Scoping Phase View
Forest, Land and Agriculture (FLAG) Scoping Phase View
Power Finalized View
Transport In Development View
Oil and Gas In Development View
Chemicals and Petrochemicals Scoping Phase View
Financial institutions In Development View
Apparel and footwear Finalized View
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Finalized View