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The meeting held on 14 April focused on carbon efficiency targets and developments across the globe and hosted over 60 representatives from chemical industry associations worldwide, including Dr. Abdulwahab Al-Sadoun

Dr. Abdulwahab Al-Sadoun, Secretary General, GPCA, joined over 60 representatives from chemical industry associations worldwide at an ICCA Steering Committee meeting hosted virtually on 14 April.

Dr. Al-Sadoun presented on the topic of ‘Emerging Carbon Efficiency ambitions in the Arabian Gulf’ and highlighted to his peers at the ICCA regional plans to transition into a more energy efficient future.

As part of his presentation, he highlighted how carbon efficiency has become one of the key focus areas of the GCC chemical industry and discussed carbon reduction targets of the Arabian Gulf.

He further highlighted the importance of strategic partnerships to drive the hydrogen economy and the existing challenges.

“Collaboration between the regional players, including with international partners has been pivotal to propel forward in the drive towards establishing a hydrogen economy. Such strategic partnerships not only drive forward the developments in the hydrogen field but also improve the bilateral ties between nations,” he said.

“Due to the Gulf countries’ vast production potential and deep-rooted government support for hydrogen growth – and critically, its export ambitions, the region can support a vast array of key demand markets, including: the EU, China, Japan, South Korea, and India,” he added.

Other items discussed as par of the agenda included:

  • Global emerging issues in 2021 by regions, such as EU Green Deal; Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM); Chemical Recycling challenges in Japan; Chemical Management and Sustainability initiatives in India; Climate Change and International engagement in US.
  • Activity reports from the ICCA Leadership Groups dealing with Trade, Sustainability, Energy & Climate Change, Chemicals Policy & Health, Plastics and Microplastics, Responsible Care, and Communication.