Climate action programme for the chemical industry – CAPCI

Although the chemical industry is responsible for a high carbon footprint, it also has great potential to contribute to greenhouse gas mitigation. The project has strengthened the competencies of key actors for climate protection in the chemical industry in selected developing and emerging countries. This will open up climate protection potential in chemical production and the associated value chains. To this end, the project cooperated with environmental ministries and chemical industry associations in selected partner countries as well as with German and international experts. The conceptual approach included a step-by-step approach with information and dialogue workshops, targeted provision and transfer of knowledge and good practices, as well as training. The target groups of these measures were the chemical industry as well as political decision-makers and stakeholders in their environment.

Project data

Argentina, Ghana, Thailand
IKI funding
2,000,000.00 €
03/2021 till 03/2024
Implementing organisation
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Political Partner
  • Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI) - Ghana
  • Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development - Argentina*
  • Ministry of Industry - Thailand
Implementing Partner
  • DECHEMA Gesellschaft für Chemische Technik und Biotechnologie e.V.
  • International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA)
  • Leuphana University
  • United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

State of implementation/results

  • Project completed.
  • The project has worked in the areas of information spreading, awareness creation, knowledge sharing and stakeholder dialogues on the nexus chemistry - climate change, on international level and in its partner countries.
  • The project created and published an online knowledge base with best practices for greenhouse gas reduction in the chemical industry. It can be found on the homepage of the International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Centre (…).
  • Through the project, a large number of professionals have been reached via information activities on the next between chemistry ( / chemical industry) and climate change. As part of these activities, the project has successfully realised an online-seminar series in 2021, 2022 and 2023.
  • The project put special emphasis on the cooperation with partner countries, particularly in the areas of training and capacity building, the development of mitigation roadmaps for the chemical industry as well as knowledge transfer and advice for climate action:
    • Based on the Training of Trainers (ToT) course on Chemistry and Climate Change, which was held in June and July 2022, a self-paced training course has been published (see link below).
    • In July 2023, a study tour to Germany was organised for representatives from partner countries Argentina, Ghana and Thailand with the opportunity to participate in the summer school on Sustainable Chemistry at Leuphana University and visits to technology and chemical parks.
    • Argentina: A roadmap for mitigation options in the chemical industry has been proposed, and country-specific trainings were created.
    • Ghana: A modular country-specific training programme on chemistry and climate change has started in March 2023 with a training on Power to X and was realised over the course of the project.
    • A roadmap study for mitigation in the chemical industry was launched as a contribution to Ghana’s carbon-neutrality goal.

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