In recent years, the world has experienced rapid and unprecedented change. Global disruptions have accelerated at a record rate and are likely to become more frequent and less predictable than ever. In a world defined by change, companies are facing ever greater scrutiny into the environmental impact of their products, their operations, and supply chains. Climate change, food insecurity, societal inequality, pandemics, and economic upheaval are here to stay, posing grave challenges to the public, governments, and businesses alike. The need of the hour now are strong leadership and immediate solutions.
There is no industry better placed than the chemical industry to enable a more sustainable future. Over 95% of all manufacturing relies on chemical inputs, making chemistry one of the most integral sectors globally to human progress. Chemistry is a solution provider to society’s many challenges, producing nutrients for agriculture, raw materials to manufacture health and sanitation products, enabling advancements in electronic and digital systems, and allowing for the light weighing of vehicles and other sustainable products.
While the industry is enabling our modern lifestyle, it is increasingly conscious of its socio-environmental footprint. Today chemical players are taking action to enhance their innovation capabilities, support food security, achieve net-zero, drive the circular economy, and accelerate the clean energy transition. At the same time the industry is grappling with rapid digitalization, supply chain complexity, volatile global markets, evolving geopolitics, and new ways of working. While these trends come with their own set of challenges, they offer opportunities to create value through business model transformation, new partnerships, and new investments.
The 16th Annual GPCA Forum will be held on 6-8 December 2022, for the first time in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to discuss the strategic issues impacting the chemical sector today under the theme ‘Chemistry in Action, Shaping a Sustainable Future’. Building on its reputation as the most renowned gathering of global and regional chemical leaders in the Arabian Gulf, the forum will provide unparalleled thought leadership and networking opportunities. The dialogues at the event will address a range of topics, including net-zero, food security, capability building, and forging avenues for a sustainable future through collaboration. This edition will be a one-of-a-kind event, focusing on the chemical industry’s role, plans, and strategies to design more sustainable value chains. A specially tailored industry agenda will provide an outlook on the roadblocks ahead and unveil how the industry is contributing towards making net-zero a reality.