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ACC Welcomes Senate Hearing on the Role of DOE and Energy Innovation in U.S. Competitiveness

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Jennifer Scott
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WASHINGTON (April 15, 2021) – The American Chemistry Council (ACC) issued the following statement in advance of a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on the role of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and energy innovation in American economic competitiveness.

“We welcome today’s hearing on the role of DOE and energy innovation in American economic competitiveness. The U.S. chemical industry is exploring, developing and deploying a host of exciting new technologies as part of our commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the manufacturing and use of our products. These include carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS); lower-emission hydrogen, steam, and electricity; the use of biomaterials and circular feedstocks; and cracker electrification. Many of our members are deeply involved in these projects.

“Our work builds on a heritage of energy innovation. The chemistry industry is a leader in the use of combined heat and power (CHP), a highly efficient process for generating heat and electricity on-site. We helped pioneer catalytic technologies that let facilities produce more with less energy. Last year, ACC established a partnership with DOE to enhance innovation in energy efficient plastics recycling and reduce waste through enhanced recovery of post-use plastics. And chemistry and plastics play an essential role in light-weighting and electrifying vehicles and insulating our buildings to save energy, reduce emissions and enhance U.S. competitiveness.

ACC supports provisions of the CLEAN Future Act that would create a DOE program to support manufacturing of clean energy systems and help reduce emissions related to energy-intensive manufacturing. We also endorse a section that establishes a Sustainable Industry Rebate Program at DOE to assist industrial facilities in making upgrades to improve energy and water efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“We support policies to promote energy innovation, encourage a diverse mix of energy and electricity sources, and improve the regulatory permitting process for energy and manufacturing projects. The Securing Cleaner American Energy package advances each of these goals.”

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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