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Can Polymeric Technology Help to “Accelerate Decarbonization” Across Multiple Industries?

While real progress was made at the COP26 Summit, the main conclusion drawn by the Glasgow Climate Pact was that further emissions cuts are required and need to be provided by the end of 2022. This is to ensure that countries are on track to meet the UN Paris Agreement’s target of net-zero by 2050.

In order to achieve these carbon reductions, the 2021 State of Climate Action Report, authored by the world’s top climate analysis coalition, Climate Action Tracker (CAT)* explains how: “In some industries, the technologies, practices, and approaches needed to accelerate decarbonization are well understood but have not yet seen the levels of investment and political support needed to rapidly scale up mitigation action.”

As polymeric repair composites and protective coatings fall into the bracket of “technologies” that can actively “accelerate decarbonization”, it could be argued that further investment into these systems could help many industries to ratchet up their carbon intensity reduction plans in line with the net-zero target.

*The CAT is backed by a number of organisations including the prestigious Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany.

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