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The Future of the Chemical Industry by 2050

  • ID: 2329840
  • April 2013
  • 331 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Discussing the technological supremacy of the chemical industry, including pharmaceuticals, and how it will adopt a leading position to solve some of the largest global challenges humans have even seen, this book details how the industry will address climate change, aging populations, resource scarcity, globality, networks speed, pandemics, and massive growth and demand.

Following a detailed introduction to some of the megatrends shaping our world over the forthcoming decades, the book goes on to provide several scenarios of how the world could look by 2050, including 'business as usual' and a 'sustainable' one. Chapter 3 gives a comprehensive overview of the current status, while providing a short historical review of the chemical industry, its origins, achievements and fundamentals. The following chapter reviews the potential impact of each of the selected megatrends on the industry, while Chapter 5 proposes how it could look by 2050. Several features of the chemical industry are presented and discussed, including the industrial relevance from an economical, technological and profitability point of view. The largest chemicals markets in absolute and per capita bases and the areas and countries with largest growth potential for chemicals, pharmaceuticals and feedstock. This chapter also reviews the impact of climate change on the chemical industry from a feedstocks and products point of view and, more specifically, the potential costs in reducing CO2 emissions. A final, concluding chapter summarizes the forthcoming megatrends and potential challenges, opportunities and the outlook for the industry as a whole.

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PREFACE

GLOBAL MEGATRENDS BY 2050

Social Megatrends

Economic Megatrends

Political Megatrend

Energy Megatrends

Climate Change

Wild Cards

Accelerators – Information Technology and `'Singularity'

THE WORLD BY

'A Much Larger, Wealthier, Healthier, and Sustainable World'

Status of the World – 2010

The World in 2050

THE CHEMICAL INDUSTRY IN 2010

Chemical Industry: Economic Relevance

Chemical Industry: Technological Relevance

Industry Relevance: Profitability

Feedstocks and Energy

Major Sectors and Products of the Chemical Industry

Industry Structure and Companies

Safety

Background

Conclusion

Summary – Industry Major Features and Upcoming Megatrends

Major Features of the Chemical Industry

IMPACT ASSESSMENT OF THE GLOBAL MEGATRENDS ON THE CHEMICAL INDUSTRY

Introduction

Megatrends with the Highest Impact into the Chemical Industry (Global & Area Level)

Megatrends with the Highest Impact in the Industry (Area Level) – (Figure 4.4)

Megatrends with the Highest Impact into the Different Features of the Industry

Major Results for the Chemical Industry Globally

Major Results for the Chemical Industry in the ADV Economies

Major Results for the Chemical Industry in the BRIC Economies

Major Results for the Chemical Industry in the REST Economies

THE CHEMICAL INDUSTRY BY 2050

Introduction

Feature 1: The Relevance of the Chemical Industry

Feature 2: Inputs – Feedstocks

Feature 3: Outputs – Products

Feature 4: Climate Change – Greenhouse Emissions – CO2 Emissions

Feature 5: Industry Structure

Feature 6: Social Awareness

CONCLUSION

INDEX

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Valuable for those who need to know, now and in the future; Yogi would be pleased.  Summing Up: Highly recommended.  Upper–division undergraduates and above.   (Choice, 1 January 2014)

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