Climate Action Programme for the Chemical Industry – CAPCI

Strengthening the contribution of the chemical industry to climate protection


The chemical and petrochemical industry accounts for up to 10 % of the world’s final energy demand and a high share of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Greenhouse gas emissions from the chemical industry amounted to around two billion tons of CO2eq. in 2005 and could more than double by 2030. In addition to the energy-intensive production and process-related emissions, the entire life cycle involves further greenhouse gas emissions.Chemistry plays a role in all areas of modern life. More than 90 per cent of the industry rely on materials and products from the chemical industry. At the same time, it is a source of climate-friendly solutions and, for example, produces the necessary materials for sustainable energy and mobility systems. In developing countries and emerging economies, however, there is a lack of human and institutional capacities to tap the significant potentials of the chemical industry.

Commissioned by:

German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMUV) – International Climate Initiative (IKI)


Global programme with support activities for selected developing countries and emerging economies (Ghana, Argentina, Peru, Thailand, Viet Nam)

Implemented by:

CAPCI is a programm executed by GIZ in close cooperation with ISC3

Overall term:

2021 to 2024


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Refinery industry engineer wearing PPE Working at refinery construction site


The capacities of key players for effective climate protection in the chemical industry are strengthened in selected developing countries and emerging economies.


CAPCI focuses on developing capacities and disseminating knowledge. In this way, the project strives to enable key stakeholders in developing countries and emerging economies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from chemicals production, while enhancing climate-friendly solutions. The project develops individual measures in close cooperation with its partners and gears them to the partners’ needs in order to permanently mainstream action-oriented knowledge and skills. CAPCI provides information and successful best practice examples, working in close cooperation with the International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Centre (ISC3).

At international level, the UN Climate Change Secretariat with its Paris Committee on Capacity-building (PCCB Network) and the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) are important partners of the project.

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2nd Webinar Series

Building on the results from the 1st webinar series on the “nexus chemistry – climate change” in 2021, CAPCI organizes a 2nd webinar series in 2022, consisting of 3 sessions and targeted at a wide range of professionals from the public and private sectors along the entire value chain of production and use of chemicals.

The 2nd series focuses on sustainable pathways to greenhouse gas mitigation and practical solutions, while highlighting the great potential of the chemical industry as a provider of innovative products and technologies for combating climate change, through circular economy concepts, synergies related with “Verbund”-structures in chemical parks or power-to-X technologies.The focus is on capacity building and sharing of knowledge and information sharing with partners from public and private sector, thereby contributing to the transfer of technologies and best practices.

For registration and further information

The 2nd Webinar Series at a Glance:

Session 1: Circular Economy as a Guiding Principle for the Chemical Industry

The example of the plastics lifecycle: Reducing climate and environmental impacts while improving resource efficiency.
29.06.2022 (13:30 – 15:00 German Time)

Session 2: Exploring Potentials of Innovative Power-to-X Technologies

the chemical industry as a key player also for the defossilization in other industrial sectors through “Sector Coupling”
28.09.2022 (13:30 – 15:00 Berlin Time) (tbc)

Session 3: Chemical parks “Verbund”-structure

Climate Benefits through Joint Action in Chemical Parks – Opportunities for energy and resource efficiency through connected energy generation and production networks
23.11.2022 (13:30 – 15:00 Berlin Time) (tbc)

It is planned to continue the webinar series with further relevant topics on sustainable chemistry in 2023.

For more information see the

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