Accelerating our sustainability commitments and targets

Today, more than ever, the world needs leadership in environmental sustainability. That’s why we’ve set new targets around advancing a circular economy and climate protection by focusing on two closely linked issues: reducing carbon emissions and eliminating plastic waste. These new sustainability targets align to what we see as Dow’s purpose: To deliver a sustainable future for the world through our expertise in materials science and in collaboration with our partners.


Multi-decade targets

Building on our 2025 Sustainability Goals, these targets put us on a path to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, eliminate plastic waste in our environment and increase our positive impacts on society, our customers and our business.


Protect the climate

As part of our action plan to put us on a path to carbon neutrality by 2050, we are committed to implementing and advancing technologies to manufacture our products using less resources.

Our target

By 2030, Dow will reduce its net annual carbon emissions by 5 million metric tons versus its 2020 baseline (15% reduction). By 2050, Dow intends to be carbon neutral (Scopes 1+2+3 plus product benefits). 




Transform the waste

We are collaborating to invest in key technologies, infrastructure, and industrial ecosystems to significantly increase global circularity rates.

Our target

By 2030, Dow will transform plastic waste and other forms of alternative feedstock to commercialize 3 million metric tons of circular and renewable solutions annually. To do this, Dow will expand its efforts to stop the waste* by building industrial ecosystems to collect, reuse or recycle waste and expand its portfolio to meet rapidly growing demand. 

*Dow expects the waste required to produce this target to surpass and replace its original 1 million metric ton Stop the Waste goal.




Close the loop

We are committed to redesigning and promoting reusable or recyclable packaging applications.

Our target

By 2035, Dow will close the loop by enabling 100% of Dow products sold into packaging applications to be reusable or recyclable.. 

Our actions for carbon reduction

Climate change has serious consequences for the global economy and people’s health and well-being.Dow’s “protect the climate” targets reflect our commitment to accelerate our work with our suppliers, customers and value chain partners to ensure Dow’s ecosystem is carbon neutral by 2050. We want to hold ourselves accountable every step of the way – from our raw materials through the end of life of our products.Plastics are indispensable part of a low-carbon future – they make cars lighter and more fuel efficient, homes more energy-efficient and reduce food waste – a major contributor to the world’s carbon emissions. At the same time, we are facing an unacceptable consequence: Too much plastic is lost to waste and is entering our environment. Our “transform the waste” and “close the loop” targets are aimed at making a world without plastic waste a reality.

Reducing emissions

Dow’s action plan on its path to carbon neutrality by 2050 has two primary areas of focus:

  • Ensuring the products we sell to customers continue to be more sustainable than any alternative
  • Advancing our manufacturing operations

Enabling industrial ecosystems

Our work to transform the waste and close the loop, enabling a circular ecosystem includes:

  • Helping customers design packaging applications for recyclability
  • Demonstrating the value of recycled plastics and helping customers to use recycled plastics in their products
  • Investing in key infrastructure projects and technologies alongside our partners to enable industrial ecosystems
Learn more about how we’re addressing climate protection and circular economy.