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Chemistry Solutions Enable Energy Savings in Government Buildings, Transportation
WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 1, 2011)
The American Chemistry Council (ACC) today applauded the federal government's attention to energy efficiency at the White House GreenGov Symposium. The event brings together leaders from government, the private sector, non-profits and academia to share best practices and discuss cutting-edge approaches for the future. Additional information is available at
American Chemistry Council (ACC) President and CEO
issued the following statement:
"As an industry that creates energy-saving solutions for the federal government and throughout the U.S. economy, we welcome the discussion of energy efficiency at this week's GreenGov Symposium. By highlighting performance, participants can learn the value of innovative products, materials and technologies in achieving energy efficiency goals.
"As one example, the GreenGov initiative aims to ensure that all new federal buildings are designed to achieve zero-net-energy by 2030. Chemistry companies can help: Our advanced materials and products are used for building insulation as well as energy-saving roofing, piping, windows, air infiltration systems, compact fluorescent lighting, appliances, and solar panels. Chemistry and plastics also help make government vehicles and aircraft more energy-efficient through light-weighting, fuel-efficient tires, and automotive lubricants.
"We are encouraged that
Executive Order 13514
makes it 'the policy of the United States that federal agencies shall increase energy efficiency,' and we applaud the U.S. Green Building Council, a sponsor of the symposium, for its leadership on the issue. At the same time, we remain concerned about the use of 'single attribute' criteria in buildings assessments. Instead, we support a life cycle 'systems' approach that focuses on how individual components interact within the building system and identifies options with the greatest potential for energy efficiency and environmental improvement."
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