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Plastic Makers Applaud DOE Funding to Boost Electric Vehicle Supply Chain

Matthew Kastner

WASHINGTON (June 16, 2021) – This week, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced funding for “electric vehicles, batteries and connected vehicle projects.” The American Chemistry Council issued the following statement, which may be attributed to Joshua Baca, ACC’s vice president of plastics:

“We welcome DOE’s plans to allocate $200 million in funding to further the domestic electric vehicle (EV) supply chain over the next five years. Supporting the modernization and expansion of EV infrastructure will help build a more resilient and sustainable future for our country.

“America’s plastic makers support national and global efforts to achieve a lower carbon future. Furthering our domestic EV infrastructure is key to achieving a 50-52% reduction from 2005 levels in net U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and reaching our national climate goal of net zero emissions economy-wide by 2050.

“To meet burgeoning demand for more sustainable, low-carbon vehicles, automakers rely on plastics and composites, which help increase vehicle safety, efficiency, driving range and design. Plastics are critical ingredients in the creation of EV battery housings, closures, encasements, connectors and EV charging stations.

“We are pleased to see that part of DOE’s announced funding is open to its network of national laboratories through its Vehicle Technologies Office. Both the automotive and plastics industries rely on cutting edge research and development (R&D) that DOE’s National Labs provide as we continue to innovate and improve our EVs and infrastructure to become global leaders in this sector. Increased funding of R&D will provide solutions to all stakeholders to further technologies that advance the proliferation of EVs.

“We value our ongoing collaboration with DOE, which provided input into our Roadmap for Future Mobility and our Roadmap for Transitioning Toward a Circular Economy. We look forward to joining efforts dedicated to building a more resilient infrastructure and sustainable future for our country.”

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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