The Chemistry Industry Can Be Proud On Earth Day

April 22, 2010

In honor of the 40th Earth Day celebration, The American Chemistry Council (ACC) put together a fact sheet highlighting the American chemistry industry's contributions to helping eradicate climate change and champion energy conservation.

In honor of the 40th Earth Day celebration, The American Chemistry Council (ACC) put together a fact sheet highlighting the American chemistry industry's contributions to helping eradicate climate change and champion energy conservation.

According to the ACC, the chemistry industry invests $48 billion in research and development annually, more than any other industry. On top of that, the industry invested $14 billion in environmental health and safety programs last year.

The fruits of investment come in many forms, including energy savings via vinyl windows and vinyl-coated wire and cable. And chemistry-intensive roof coatings that help reflect solar heat away from the rooftop, thus promoting cooler indoor spaces.

Additionally, solar power relies on chlorine and silicon-based materials and other chemistry products and "low rolling resistance" tires are made by adding chemistry products – silica and polysulfidosilanes – to tire tread to help increase fuel efficiency.

And not only is the American chemistry industry helping others lower their carbon footprints, it is also walking the walk: It reduced its absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 16% between 1990 and 2008. It also reduced its fuel and power energy consumed per unit of output by nearly half since 1974.

Congratulations on a job well done. . . now let's gear up for the next Earth Day celebration. What is your company doing to champion energy conservation?

Traci Purdum
Senior Digital Editor

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