Archive: June, 2012

Thursday policy forum: ‘Unlocking the Vast Potential of Energy Recovery’

Part of America’s energy future may be hiding in plain sight. On Capitol Hill Thursday, the American Chemistry Council will host business leaders and policy experts as they discuss emerging technologies that can be used to recover energy from waste materials. Some of the questions they’ll help to answer include:   Following a keynote panel [...]

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How the U.S. business of chemistry can forecast larger trends in the overall economy

Chemistry plays an integral role in technology, products and processes across a range of industries. But did you know chemistry can also be used to forecast larger trends in the U.S. economy? Today, ACC is excited to release the first monthly report of the Chemical Activity Barometer (CAB), a new, leading macroeconomic indicator grounded in [...]

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ICCA highlights chemical industry contributions to sustainability at Rio+20 Business Day

The world faces a daunting challenge in meeting the needs of a growing population and encouraging opportunity for all with fewer resources. The chemical industry, through its ability to develop new and innovative products and processes, is a key solutions provider for sustainable development in such sectors as alternative energy, transportation, communications, building and construction, [...]

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New online racing game highlights role of plastics in innovative vehicle design

Since the 1950s, plastics have been increasingly used to make sport cars lighter and more agile, and over the years they’ve played a growing role in overall vehicle design. Plastics have inspired major advancements in vehicle safety and design; they’re used extensively in the now standard issues that keep us on the road, like seatbelts, [...]

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Innovators in energy recovery technologies, Agilyx and Covanta take home major awards

Companies involved in recovering energy from waste are getting noticed for their contributions to energy creation and environmental protection. Recently, Agilyx Corporation and Covanta Energy were recognized for their efforts to reduce the volume of waste going to landfill and to reduce carbon emissions through energy recovery technologies. Agilyx, which has developed technology to economically [...]

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Shaheen-Portman bill a critical first step toward a national energy strategy, Dooley says

A diverse group of business and environmental leaders, including ACC President and CEO Cal Dooley, joined Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) on the Hill this morning to call for a timely Senate floor vote on the bipartisan Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (S. 1000). The act, which would create jobs and make our economy [...]

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U.S. Department of Energy awards ACC members $14.7 million to improve operational energy efficiency

The U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) has awarded a combined $14.7 million in R&D grants to three members of the American Chemistry Council as part of a federal economic initiative to improve energy efficiency in key manufacturing operations. According to a DoE press release, $1.2 million will be granted to Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., [...]

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The global chemistry industry will be on the ground at Rio+20 — here’s why

World leaders are convening in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil next week for the twentieth anniversary of the 1992 “Earth Summit” – the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development. The main priorities at Rio+20 are threefold – to secure renewed political commitment for sustainable development, assess progress made and where more work is needed, and, [...]

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At 237 years old, the U.S. Army finds youth in innovation

The United States Army is about one year and three weeks older than the nation it serves, and, like any older sibling, it has played a vital role in protecting “younger” generations for nearly two and a half centuries. Even today, the U.S. Army continues to show signs of positive growth through energy innovation. In [...]

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America’s energy forecast from the 2012 Energy Efficiency Forum

The Energy Efficiency Forum 2012 North America is set to take place this week in Washington, D.C. amid compelling statistical evidence that a comprehensive energy policy could be essential to building a strong economy, creating new jobs, and making America more competitive with other countries. Published on the event website, the statistics indicate that energy [...]

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