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America’s chemistry industry uses energy to make innovative products and services that make people’s lives better, healthier and safer.  Managing energy efficiency in our companies and manufacturing facilities is a key part of our commitment to sustainability. Through Responsible Care®, ACC member companies report on their progress toward the following energy-related performance measures:

Energy Efficiency
Greenhouse Gas Intensity

Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency is measured in terms of BTUs consumed per pound of production. Since 1974, the U.S. chemical industry as a whole has improved its energy efficiency by 49 percent.

The business of chemistry operates by creating complex chemical reactions, many requiring large amounts of energy or electricity.  From year to year, a variety of factors can affect the energy consumption of Responsible Care companies.  They include membership changes, fuel and feedstock mix, product lines, industry consolidation, and shifts in the global or U.S. economies. 

The energy efficiency of Responsible Care companies has improved by 14 percent since 1992. 

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Greenhouse Gas Intensity

Responsible Care companies are committed to effectively managing and reducing their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. GHG emissions intensity is calculated by determining the pounds of CO2-equivalent emissions per pound of production. Since 1992, ACC members have reduced their GHG intensity by more than 17 percent.

Chemistry Enables a More Sustainable Future

Chemistry is at the heart of many of the efficient and renewable solutions that help society save energy and reduce GHG emissions.  High-performance insulations and windows, solar panels, wind turbines, even lightweight packaging, auto parts and more efficient fuels that reduce energy needs in shipping and transportation all start with chemistry.

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An ACC analysis found that the products of chemistry help save up to 10.9 quadrillion BTUs of energy annually, enough to power, heat and cool up to 56 million households, or run up to 135 million vehicles each year.  A groundbreaking study demonstrates that on a global basis, the products of chemistry save society twice the greenhouse gas emissions than are emitted making the products.

Responsible Care Energy Efficiency Awards

The Responsible Care Energy Efficiency Awards program highlights the steps ACC member companies have taken to improve energy efficiency. ACC members are required to consider operational energy efficiency as well as waste minimization, reuse and recycling when developing their environmental, health, safety and security plans. This year, the total annual energy savings of the winning projects was 10.6 trillion BTUs, enough to power all the homes in a city the size of Bangor, Maine, for a year.


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