The challenge

Our use of fossil fuels is damaging the planet and contributing to climate change – and governments worldwide have committed to reducing and ending our reliance on them.

As we move away from fossil fuels, we need to find other more sustainable, less harmful ways to power and enable our lives.

Fossil fuels are currently used in lots of ways – not just to power our vehicles, homes, leisure facilities and places of work.

They are also used to create the vital ingredients – known as platform chemicals – which go into a lot of our everyday items too – our clothes, health and beauty products, food packaging, comfy chairs, televisions and phones…

In fact, our homes are full of things that are made using chemicals derived from fossil fuels.

So, the race is on to find sustainable and low-carbon alternatives – to ensure resource security and reduce our impact on the planet.