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:

Water Consumption
Reducing Emissions

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 requirements, and ACC member companies have implemented a variety of measures to reduce their emissions. 

Since 2010, Responsible Care companies reduced SOx emissions by 69 percent and reduced NOx emissions by 30 percent. 

Water Consumption

Water consumption is a global issue – today 780 million people around the world lack access to clean and safe drinking water, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The chemical 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 net amount of water used in chemical manufacturing. ACC members consumed nearly 867 billion gallons of water in 2019. 

Reducing Emissions

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 2010, Responsible Care companies have reduced HAPs emissions by more than 24 percent. 


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