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New Video: Energy & American Chemistry

Jennifer Scott

Start your car or flip on a light switch, and everyone thinks “energy.” It’s equally important to U.S. chemical manufacturing. From the industry’s earliest days, chemistry companies have used energy for heat and power and – unique among manufacturers – as a raw material. Hence the name “petrochemicals.”

This week, the American Chemistry Council released a new video explaining why and how energy is fundamental to the chemistry industry. The video shows where energy goes, how we’re using it to boost investment in the United States, and how that activity generates broader economic benefits. The video also “connects the dots” to key societal goals, from better health and safety to a stronger economy and a more sustainable future.

More than 96 percent of manufactured goods are touched by chemistry, in industries as varied as building and construction, automotive, food production and packaging, medicines, electronics, and clothing. In so many ways, chemistry is the foundation for the manufacturing supply chain. The industry produced 10 percent of U.S. goods exports last year.

ACC member companies are playing a critical role in the global battle against COVID-19 by creating ingredients for necessary products such as hand sanitizers, disinfectants, face masks, and other personal protective equipment (PPE). It all starts with energy.

The new video highlights the chemistry industry’s commitment to sustainability and its achievements in improving energy efficiency and reducing emissions under Responsible Care®. Another important part of the story is how chemistry is being used to create climate solutions. Energy-efficient materials and renewable energy wouldn’t exist without chemistry.

The film closes with a summary of government policies that support chemistry’s ability to vitalize our economy, create jobs, and invent and provide innovations that address society’s most pressing challenges.

Watch the video here.

American Chemistry Council

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) represents the leading companies engaged in the business of chemistry. ACC members apply the science of chemistry to make innovative products and services that make people's lives better, healthier and safer. ACC is committed to improved environmental, health and safety performance through Responsible Care®; common sense advocacy designed to address major public policy issues; and health and environmental research and product testing. The business of chemistry is a $486 billion enterprise and a key element of the nation's economy. It is among the largest exporters in the nation, accounting for ten percent of all U.S. goods exports. Chemistry companies are among the largest investors in research and development. Safety and security have always been primary concerns of ACC members, and they have intensified their efforts, working closely with government agencies to improve security and to defend against any threat to the nation’s critical infrastructure.

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