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ACC President and CEO Statement in Response to EPA Federal Vehicle Emissions Standards Proposal

Scott Openshaw

WASHINGTON (April 12, 2023) — The American Chemistry Council (ACC) today issued the following statement from President and CEO Chris Jahn regarding the Biden-Harris Administration’s EPA proposal that could require electric vehicles to account for up to two-thirds of new cars sold in the US by 2032.

“As the Administration rolls out its latest proposal, we remind them that they simply cannot deliver on this without the U.S. business of chemistry. The products and technologies made possible by America’s chemical manufacturers and plastics makers are vital to achieving better vehicle fuel efficiency, reduced GHG emissions and any transition to EVs. EV infrastructure, charging stations, batteries, battery housings, closures, encasements, connectors—just to name a few—all rely on critical inputs made possible by chemical and plastics products. Plastics enable vehicles to go further on one charge, improve performance and help keep passengers safe. We strongly encourage the Administration and Congress to pursue policies and regulations that will enable and promote the U.S. chemical industry—not stifle it—so that it can continue to be a catalyst to addressing this issue and so many others.”

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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