Published: 26 Aug 2021

The chemical industry has a massive global carbon footprint. Everyday chemicals can have a huge impact on the climate.

Picture of a field with a chemical sprayer

For instance, normal household chemicals found in cleaning products can contribute as much volatile organic compounds (VOCs) as vehicles to urban air pollution emissions!

And emissions from fluorinated gases in fridges, air conditioning units, solvents and aerosols have increased significantly in the UK.

Surprisingly, nitrous Oxide (N₂O), also called laughing gas, is about 300 times more potent as a global warming gas than CO2.  It is also ‘the third most important long-lived greenhouse gas, after carbon dioxide and methane.  Read more...


What are we calling for?

The UK has introduced it's own version of the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restrictions of Chemicals (REACH) body, now it is no longer part of the EU. REACH was set up by the EU to improve the protection of human health and environment from the risks that can be posed by chemicals." 

We'd also like to see Wales develop its own chemical strategy to protect human health, the environment and the climate from dangerous chemicals.

And getting supermarkets to put doors on all fridges and freezers would significantly reduce emissions, so we would like to see all supermarket chains in Wales commit to doing this by the end of 2022. Read more...

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