American Chemistry Council Touts Industry Sustainability Progress in Inaugural Report

May 7, 2024
Report highlights the industry's progress in reducing emissions and developing sustainable products, while calling for policy support to accelerate the transition.

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) released its first-ever sustainability report May 7, highlighting the chemical industry's efforts to reduce its environmental footprint.

The report notes that companies participating in the industry’s Responsible Care program have reduced their greenhouse-gas intensity 8%, cut sulfur dioxide emissions 43% and reduced their energy intensity 18% between 2017 and 2022.

ACC members also invested $13 billion in research and development efforts in 2022, according to the report.

Responsible Care is a safety and sustainability reporting program required for all ACC members. The figures in the report are either self-reported, audited numbers from ACC members or data taken directly from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), said Mitch Toomey, the vice president of sustainability and Responsible Care at ACC.

About the Author

Jonathan Katz | Executive Editor

Jonathan Katz, executive editor, brings nearly two decades of experience as a B2B journalist to Chemical Processing magazine. He has expertise on a wide range of industrial topics. Jon previously served as the managing editor for IndustryWeek magazine and, most recently, as a freelance writer specializing in content marketing for the manufacturing sector.

His knowledge areas include industrial safety, environmental compliance/sustainability, lean manufacturing/continuous improvement, Industry 4.0/automation and many other topics of interest to the Chemical Processing audience.

When he’s not working, Jon enjoys fishing, hiking and music, including a small but growing vinyl collection.

Jon resides in the Cleveland, Ohio, area.

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