Jenny Heumann, ACC, 202-249-6520
December 7, 2010
Through expanded commitment, groups will partner to address international advocacy priorities
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (Dec. 7, 2010) – The American Chemistry Council (ACC) and the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA) today reconfirmed their joint commitment to environmental, health, safety and security practices in the global chemical industry by renewing the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed last year to build a Responsible Care program in the Gulf Region.
In addition, GPCA and ACC have expanded the scope of the MOU beyond its original mandate to implement Responsible Care, by committing to work together to identify additional areas of collaboration and advocate for specific policy outcomes in areas of mutual interest, including trade and international product stewardship and sustainability.
GPCA’s members represent more than 90 percent of the chemical and petrochemical production in the Gulf and Middle East regions. The MOU renewed by ACC and GPCA represents a commitment from both organizations to their employees, communities and supply chains, to ensure that the products of chemistry can continue to improve the quality of life in the Gulf region and worldwide.
Over the past year, GPCA has developed a concrete plan of action to enable its members to fully implement Responsible Care in their operations, garnering acknowledgement from the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) and membership in ICCA’s Responsible Care Working Group.
“GPCA’s efforts over the past year have been exemplary and have resulted in an expanded commitment to sound chemicals management, product stewardship, and safety in the Gulf region,” said ACC President Cal Dooley. “Responsible Care is our industry’s foundation for a sustainable future, and our collaboration and cooperation on policy and advocacy at the international level will complement efforts to expand the reach of Responsible Care globally.”
“Through our commitment to the Responsible Care ethic, GPCA is working to ensure that petrochemical and chemical companies in the Gulf region use and produce chemicals in ways that lead to reduced energy use, minimal greenhouse gas emissions and protection and preservation of natural resources," said Dr. Abdulwahab Al-Sadoun, Secretary General of GPCA.
Launched in Canada more than 25 years ago, Responsible Care covers all aspects of chemical industry activity: process safety, pollution prevention, distribution safety, product stewardship, security, community awareness and emergency response. Currently, 54 national and regional chemical associations in nearly 60 countries around the world are part of the global Responsible Care movement.
Learn more about the Responsible Care program.