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Ascend Performance Materials Receives Responsible Care® Award for Commitment to Emissions Reduction

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Jenny Heumann Godes
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WASHINGTON (June 3, 2022) – The American Chemistry Council (ACC) recognizes Ascend Performance Materials with its 2022 Responsible Care® Initiative of the Year award, for its transition to cleaner energy at its Decatur, Alabama, manufacturing facility and overall commitment to reducing emissions. 

Ascend’s Decatur site manufactures key raw materials used to make nylon 6,6, a material used in everyday products, including automotive parts, airbags, electronics, textiles and other consumer goods. The process to produce these raw materials requires both steam and electricity.

In December 2021, Ascend replaced Decatur’s legacy coal-fired steam boilers with three new cogeneration units to help reduce the company’s overall environmental footprint. These new units will not only produce steam, but will also generate electricity onsite. Once fully operational, the units are projected to reduce the facility’s permitted emissions of pollutants including nitrous oxide, sulfur oxide, carbon monoxide and VOCs, by 80 percent, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent. This reduction is the equivalent to removing approximately 60,000 passenger vehicles from the road every year. 

“Our investment in three state-of-the-art cogeneration units helped move our Decatur facility into a new generation of energy sourcing and illustrates our commitment to implementing processes and technologies that will help reduce our environmental impacts,” said Amanda Castro, vice president of capital engineering at Ascend. 

When operating at capacity, the new cogeneration units produce enough steam to power the entire site and offset most of the site’s electricity consumption from the grid, while also adding 11 new jobs. This effort is part of a larger commitment by Ascend to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2030, in support of the UN Global Compact’s Sustainable Development Goals. 

“Responsible Care companies are committed to advancing sustainability while producing the vital products consumers rely on every day. By investing in cleaner energy sources and committing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Ascend clearly demonstrates its commitment to Responsible Care’s ethos of doing more, and doing better,” said Tara Henriksen, ACC’s Managing Director of Responsible Care. “We are proud to recognize Ascend as the 2022 Responsible Care Initiative of the Year award winner.”

The Responsible Care Initiative of the Year winner was selected by ACC members and Responsible Care Partner company representatives, who heard presentations from two company finalists at a special Responsible Care webinar and then voted to select the winning project.

For more information on Responsible Care, visit: www.americanchemistry.com/rc

American Chemistry Council

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) represents the leading companies engaged in the multibillion-dollar business of chemistry. ACC members apply the science of chemistry to make innovative products, technologies and services that make people's lives better, healthier and safer. ACC is committed to improved environmental, health, safety and security performance through Responsible Care®; common sense advocacy addressing major public policy issues; and health and environmental research and product testing. ACC members and chemistry companies are among the largest investors in research and development, and are advancing products, processes and technologies to address climate change, enhance air and water quality, and progress toward a more sustainable, circular economy.

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