ACC members strive to reduce air emissions associated with chemical manufacturing and to be transparent about their progress. Through Responsible Care®, ACC member companies publicly report their progress in reducing air emissions from their facilities:
- Responsible Care companies report emissions of Hazardous Air Pollutant (HAPs) to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) program. From 2010 to 2019, Responsible Care facilities within the ACC membership have reduced HAPs emissions by approximately 17 percent.
- ACC members track core air quality indicators by measuring facility emissions of sulfur oxide (SOx) and nitrogen oxide (NOx). From 2010 to 2019, ACC members reduced SOx emissions by 69 percent and NOx emissions by 30 percent.
Collaborating with Communities
The chemical industry is testing, tracking and improving air quality in the communities where we do business.
- ACC has worked with Harris County, Texas, government officials and scientists toward expanding an extensive state-of-the-art air monitoring system in Houston so that we can continuously track and evaluate air quality.
- ACC’s foundation provided $1 million in funding for mobile monitors and stationary monitors, some of which are in lower-income areas that have never before had access to air monitoring.
ACC is working to build on this early success in Texas and is exploring ways to possibly develop similar air monitoring initiatives in chemical manufacturing hubs in other parts of the country.