Chlorine is a naturally occurring chemical element, one of the basic building blocks of matter. Scattered throughout the rocks of Earth’s continents and concentrated in its salty oceans, chlorine is an essential nutrient for plants and animals.
Chlorine chemistry provides clean drinking water to millions around the globe. Clean drinking water made possible with chlorine disinfectants is a monumental triumph over the scourges of waterborne disease. And chlorine chemistry is also critical to manufacturing thousands of products that define life in the 21st century, from silicon-based semiconductors to sustainable PVC building materials.
The chlor-alkali industry has reduced its environmental footprint in recent years through improved energy efficiencies and reduced chemical emissions. Beyond the industry’s direct contribution to a smaller environmental footprint, it enables other industries to also reduce their footprint. For example, chlorine chemistry is critical in the manufacture of solar panels, wind turbines, car batteries, and many other products that conserve resources in the transportation, building, manufacturing, and agricultural sectors.