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WASHINGTON (February 26, 2013) - The American Chemistry Council released the following statement in response to today's hearing by the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power that focused on private-sector successes and opportunities in energy efficient technologies:

"Today's hearing by the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power was an important opportunity for Congress to highlight new opportunities for greater adoption of energy efficient technologies and applications, and the vital role of manufacturers in developing products that stretch our nation's energy supplies.

"The business of chemistry plays a critical role in providing solutions that increase energy efficiency in buildings and pave the way towards the near-zero energy buildings of the future. Many effective chemical industry products are already available and in wide use today, and new and better technologies are constantly being developed.

"A  recent report by the International Council of Chemical Associations found that greater adoption of existing efficiency technologies, enabled by chemistry, could lower energy use in buildings by 41 percent by 2050.

"ACC applauds Representative Whitfield and the Energy and Power Subcommittee for their leadership in energy efficiency that is enhancing our nation's energy security and supporting America's manufacturing renaissance."

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