Chemical industry emissions are causing global warming, a study released Wednesday found.
The report, which comes as the United States moves to cap its use of the chemical, said that even as the industry is reducing emissions, its reliance on coal, petroleum and natural gas is likely to increase.
It said that while the industry had to “rethink” its operations and improve its processes to meet global climate goals, it was still taking “a significant amount of greenhouse gas emissions from coal and petroleum combustion.”
It noted that the chemical industry was “losing ground” in the use of natural gas.
“In light of the continuing use of fossil fuels and the continuing climate change risks posed by the chemical industrialization, we argue that the chemicals industry has a responsibility to improve its climate-friendly practices to reduce its carbon footprint,” the report concluded.
The study, which was released by the University of California, Irvine, looked at the impact of chemical use in the chemical manufacturing sector, from chemical plant operations to manufacturing equipment.
The analysis was commissioned by the Center for Biological Diversity, a California environmental advocacy group.
The study, published in the journal Science Advances, examined greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from a large number of industries, including manufacturing, petrochemical and plastics, to determine whether the industry was responsible for the current climate crisis.
Its authors said that the industry “has a responsibility not only to its workers and communities, but to the planet itself, as well.”
“Our study found that the majority of industry employees, and 70 percent of the manufacturing workers, have made substantial CO2 emissions,” said co-author Roberta D’Agostino, a professor at the UC Irvine School of Engineering.
“They have invested millions of dollars in coal, oil, gas, and chemicals to grow and maintain their operations.
They are using a vast amount of fossil fuel and petroleum, which in turn has increased their carbon footprint.”
The report noted that nearly half of all the CO2 produced by the manufacturing sector comes from burning coal, and that the use rate of these materials in the industry has grown to more than 50 million tons per year, about 20 times the rate of industrial production.
“We are losing ground in the chemicals sector,” D’Acostino said.
“The chemicals industry’s reliance on fossil fuels has increased as it has invested in clean technology and energy efficiency, and as it continues to reduce carbon footprint in its operations.”
The report found that most of the factories involved in manufacturing chemicals are located in the United Kingdom, Australia and the United Arab Emirates, where emissions are higher than those in other industrialized nations.
In the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the industrial sector accounts for more than 70 percent in the total amount of emissions from greenhouse gases, and the chemicals industries account for more emissions than any other industrial sector, including the construction industry, agriculture, transport and forestry, and mining and quarrying.
The chemical industry has been criticized for its reliance and continued reliance on dirty coal.
Its emissions have increased from around 6 billion tons of CO2 in 1970 to around 30 billion tons in 2012, according to the International Energy Agency.
In the United State, the industry produces more than a quarter of the nation’s total emissions, and it accounts for some 16 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas production.
The United States has been using coal and oil to generate its electricity, and has long been the largest carbon polluter in the world, contributing around 5 percent of global CO2.
The chemical industry’s greenhouse gas footprint in the U.K. is about 6 percent of total U..
S.-based emissions, while the United Arabs in the UAE account for nearly half, accounting for more greenhouse gas than any country in the developed world.
The report said that some of the industries’ carbon footprint is attributable to its reliance in the coal and petrochemicals sectors.
For example, the manufacturing industry accounts for about half of U,S.
CO2, and almost a quarter in the UK.
In both countries, about a third of all U.s.
CO 2 emissions come from the chemicals manufacturing sector.
“The chemical industries have become increasingly dependent on coal and have been relying on this fuel in the past 20 years,” said the report’s lead author, David J. Shambaugh, professor of environmental engineering at UC Irvine.
“However, in many ways, the chemical industries are moving in the opposite direction.”
Shambaugh said that there are many other factors that contribute to the chemical sector’s reliance in carbon.
Shambaughlin and his colleagues analyzed data on emissions from the chemical and oil industries, which they said “is the largest source of greenhouse gases.”
The researchers found that “in terms of total emissions and emissions per ton of CO 2 emitted, the chemicals industrial sector is the largest contributor to global greenhouse gas emission,” with emissions from manufacturing in particular increasing.
They also noted that “the chemical industry is responsible for almost 30 percent