Responsible Care® companies are committed to protecting and improving the environments in which they operate. All ACC member companies, through Responsible Care, publicly report on their progress in meeting environmental performance measurements in the following areas:
SOx / NOx
Protecting air quality is critical to public and environmental health. Nitrogen oxide (NOx) and sulphur oxide (SOx) are pollutants emitted by industrial and manufacturing facilities that can impact air quality, and thus can be used as core environmental air quality indicators. SOx and NOx emissions are controlled and monitored under the
Clean Air Act Title, and ACC member companies have implemented a variety of measures to reduce their emissions.
Between 2008 and 2015, Responsible Care companies reduced SOx emissions by 54 percent and reduced NOx emissions by 26 percent.
Water consumption is a global issue – today 750 million people around the world lack access to clean and safe drinking water. The chemistry industry is working to
protect water quality and minimize adverse impacts on this critical natural resource.
In 2008, ACC member companies began tracking water consumption, defined as the the net amount of water used in chemical manufacturing. Over the last five years, ACC members have reduced water consumption by 9 percent.
Responsible Care companies have made significant progress in reducing hazardous emissions to the environment. Responsible Care companies measure emissions of
Hazardous Air Pollutant (HAPs) – chemicals identified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in its
Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) .
Since 1988, Responsible Care companies have reduced HAPs emission to the air by 80 percent and overall environmental HAPs emissions by 74 percent.