Greg Skelton

About Greg Skelton

Senior Director, Global Affairs | American Chemistry Council
Author Archive: Greg Skelton

Reducing trade tariffs on environmental goods is a worthwhile idea, but what constitutes the “good”?

The chemical industry is strongly committed to the protection of health, safety and the environment in its operations. ACC supported the inclusion of environmental objectives in recent U.S. bilateral trade agreements, which highlight the potential for positive synergies between trade agreements and environmental objectives. It’s also important, however, to ensure that these environmental objectives don’t [...]

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Why American chemistry supports an ambitious U.S. trade agenda

For U.S. chemical manufacturers to succeed in today’s global economy, they must be able to compete effectively in international markets. This requires an ambitious trade agenda, including robust and comprehensive trade and economic partnerships, that can deliver enhanced access to overseas markets. In a welcome development, the role of trade in driving and reinforcing economic [...]

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Setting the record straight on TTIP

If you happened to see a copy of this press release last week, you might have been given the impression that ACC and its European counterparts were engaged in a nefarious plot to undermine the very basis for sound chemicals management on both sides of the Atlantic (I’ll have mine with an extra helping of [...]

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Regulatory cooperation under T-TIP: Greater efficiency, strong health and environmental protections

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) is a historic opportunity to promote economic growth and job creation, enhance U.S. competitiveness and expand consumer choice. But it’s also a junction through which U.S. and EU regulators can join together to secure efficiencies and enhance their ongoing efforts to protect human health and the environment. Eliminating [...]

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3 reasons U.S. chemical manufacturers would welcome Japan to TPP negotiations

“This is our last chance. If we don’t seize it, Japan will be left out,” declared Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Able in a televised address last Friday, calling for his country’s support in joining the U.S. and 10 other parties in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations. The American Chemistry Council is among several business groups [...]

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Why we need a U.S.-EU free trade agreement

Recent economic troubles on both sides of the Atlantic have underscored the need for renewed efforts to boost job creation and economic growth. The establishment of the U.S.-EU High Level Working Group on Jobs and Growth in late 2011 illustrated that political leaders in the U.S. and EU recognize that a step-change in the trans-Atlantic [...]

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Strengthening SAICM is key to sound chemicals management

Modern society relies on chemicals to enable the products and technologies that make our lives, and our world, healthier, safer, more sustainable and more productive. And while the chemical industry is one of the most globalized segments of the world economy, different countries have significantly different capacities and capabilities to manage chemicals soundly throughout their [...]

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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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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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