Energy efficiency is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to achieve energy and cost savings, and no business, household or industrial facility could become more energy efficient without the innovations and discoveries driven by the chemical industry. That’s why “From Chemistry to Energy” is calling for maximizing energy efficiency’s contribution to the nation’s energy portfolio.
A recent ACC analysis found that the use of chemistry products in various energy-saving applications saves between 8.0 and 10.9 quadrillion BTUs of energy annually, or 8.1 to 11.1 percent of total US energy consumption. That’s equivalent to the amount of energy used to heat, cool, light, and power 41 to 56 million households.
ACC supports public policies that look beyond traditional government subsidies and instead identify new ways to encourage and empower Americans to increase energy efficiency. These include the adoption of the latest residential and commercial building efficiency standards, industrial efficiency such as combined heat and power systems at facilities, and economically sound approaches that encourage energy conservation at every level.
The chemistry industry itself is helping to lead the way, cutting energy consumption in half in the last 40 years. McKinsey & Company found that for every unit of CO2 emitted in the manufacturing of the products of chemistry, two units of CO2 are saved — largely through energy savings enabled by them.
By using chemistry to enhance the way we produce and use energy, Americans will be able to stretch our energy supplies further than ever, reduce energy costs and help our nation become more energy secure.
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