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ACC Salutes Member Companies For Winning Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards

Scott Jensen (703) 741-5834
June 23, 2010

ACC Members Dow, Merck, and BASF Awarded for Innovation in Pollution Prevention

ARLINGTON, VA (June 23, 2010) – The American Chemistry Council (ACC) applauds three of its membersBASF Corporation, Dow, and Merck & Co., Inc. — for winning 2010 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards, which recognize innovations that incorporate the principles of “green chemistry” into the design, manufacture and use of products for pollution prevention, or, as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) explains: “cleaner, cheaper, smarter chemistry.”

Established in 1995, the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards Program is led by EPA’s Office and Pollution Prevention and Toxics, which works with other federal agencies, members of the chemical industry, trade associations, scientific organizations, and academia. An independent panel of technical experts convened by the American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute judged award applications from individuals, groups, and nongovernmental organizations, both nonprofit and for profit. ACC is proud to note that its member companies have been recognized with these awards nearly every year since the program’s inception. For 2010:

  • Dow and BASF won the Greener Synthetic Pathways Award for jointly developing a route that uses hydrogen peroxide to make propylene oxide, greatly reducing the waste, as well as the water and energy used in manufacturing propylene oxide. One of the world’s highest volume industrial chemicals, propylene oxide is a chemical building block for a vast array of products, including detergents, polyurethanes, de-icers, food additives, and personal care items.
  • ACC member company Merck & Co. worked with Codexis to develop a second-generation synthesis of an ingredient in Type 2 diabetes medicine. The enzymatic process reduces waste, improves yield and safety, and eliminates the need for a metal catalyst.  EPA notes that early research has shown that these new biocatalysts may prove useful in manufacturing other medicines. Together, Merck and Codexis received the Greener Reaction Conditions Award.

“These awards provide public recognition of the hard behind-the-scenes work that our members do to make our lives healthier, safer and better, while building a solid foundation for the future — all through the products of chemistry,” said ACC President and CEO Cal Dooley. “The industry’s effort in green chemistry isn’t news to us, though. Through ACC’s Responsible Care® initiative, our members have long practiced and promoted the principles of sustainable chemistry and effective product stewardship through their ongoing contributions to the nation’s economic, energy, health, environmental and social progress.”

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