Roadmap to carbon neutrality

We have a viable roadmap to achieving our 2030 carbon reduction target.

Elements of climate protection action plan
Optimizing our facilities and processes
Increasing renewables in our purchased power mix
Evaluating investments in carbon capture, usage and storage
Developing low-carbon technologies for emissions reductions
Deploying materials to help reduce emissions for customers and industries

Viable roadmap to 2030 carbon emissions reduction target

Roadmap to 2050

On our path to carbon neutrality by 2050, we want to build on the progress we’ve made to date. We’ll do this by optimizing current manufacturing assets with technologies that enable us to make meaningful progress, implementing transitional technologies that will allow us to meet increasing regulations and customer needs, and innovating next-generation technologies for emissions-free manufacturing.

Emissions reductions toward our carbon-neutral ambition

2020 progress

We are taking significant actions to advance our climate protection commitments. In 2020, we:

Our climate management framework

Lowering customers’ carbon emissions

Many of Dow’s products lower customers’ emissions more than the carbon emissions used to produce them. Our materials science solutions are essential to lighter and more fuel-efficient vehicles, more energy-efficient buildings and renewable energy, among other technologies.

Energy-efficient buildings

  • DOWSIL™ Silicone Sealants have played a key role in the construction of the world’s tallest buildings, enabling design freedom and enhancing energy efficiency and safety. Silicone sealants for buildings reduce emissions ~200 kilograms carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) per kilogram of silicone, lowering the world’s carbon emissions by an estimated 10 million metric tons.
  • Our polyurethanes enable higher building and energy efficiency by providing thermal insulation, lowering the carbon emissions globally by an estimated 248 million metric tons. For example, our V PLUS PERFORM™ Panel Insulation Technology contribute to LEED v4 and BREEAM green building ratings and help designers improve thermal performance of buildings.
  • PRIMAL™ Bio-Based Acrylic Emulsion for paint and coatings uses a percentage of carbon from natural plants, replacing fossil for raw material sources, which leads to a lower carbon footprint. It also can be designed to remove formaldehyde, helping improve indoor air quality.

Renewable energy

  • DOWTHERM™ A Heat Transfer Fluid enables concentrated solar facilities, which provide clean energy to more than 500,000 homes.
  • ENGAGE™ PV Polyolefin Elastomers (POE) contribute to exceptional long-term performance, reliability and lower overall costs for photovoltaic encapsulants. This helps solar panels last longer, lowering the world’s carbon emissions by an estimated 11 million metric tons.

Automotive and transportation solutions

  • DOWSIL™ EC-6601 Electrically Conductive Adhesive offers a step change in performance of electrically conductive adhesives, critical for autonomous driving, cameras and 5G base station applications.
  • ACOUSTICRYL™ Acrylic Resins are a water-borne, liquid-applied sound-dampening technology, offering exceptional noise reduction and up to 35% lower weight than comparable coatings.
  • ENGAGE™ 11000 Polyolefin Elastomers have superior impact efficiency and thermal properties that enable automotive-part lightweighting and metal replacement, contributing to improved safety, reduced CO2 emissions for conventional cars and increased range for electric vehicles.
  • FUSABOND™ N Functional Polymer helps polyamide compounders develop high impact-resistant materials as an alternative to metal to produce durable and lighter-weight automotive parts.