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Energy saved under Responsible Care in 2011 could power every home in Norfolk, Va. for one year

The American Chemistry Council today honored 19 of its members for implementing energy-efficiency improvements that helped to conserve 16.9 trillion BTUs in 2011, or enough energy to power every home in Norfolk, Va. for an entire year.

Through participation in Responsible Care®, the chemistry industry’s world-class performance initiative, leading companies make strides annually toward enhancing their environmental, health, safety and security performance around the country and within the communities in which they operate.

The Responsible Care award for energy efficiency is part of a series of performance awards presented to ACC member companies during the annual Responsible Care Conference and Expo, taking place this year in Hollywood, Fla.

The 19 energy-efficiency award winners received a total of 67 awards from the following five categories:

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  • Energy Efficiency Program — for establishing broad programs to achieve energy-efficiency improvements
  • Significant Improvement in Manufacturing — for improving energy efficiency in their manufacturing operations through technical innovations, creative projects, or novel procedures or actions
  • Environmental Impact — for initiatives with substantial environmental benefits, including reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, in addition to improvements in energy efficiency
  • Non-Manufacturing Improvement — for improvements resulting from energy-efficient lighting, insulation, and other building improvements, and other non-manufacturing energy improvements
  • Public Outreach — for creating an effective program of involvement with the community regarding energy efficiency and related environmental impact activities


Implementing solutions that empower Americans and American businesses to improve energy efficiency is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to make our nation’s energy supplies go further while lowering energy costs.

Overall, products of chemistry help save up to 10.9 quadrillion BTUs of energy annually, enough to power, heat and cool up to 56 million households, or run up to 135 million vehicles each year. For every unit of CO2 emitted while creating these products, two units are saved, largely through the energy savings they enable.

That’s why the domestic chemistry industry, which has reduced its own energy consumption by more than half since 1974, will continue to support strong policies and creative, economically sound approaches that will support further efficiency gains and enable a more sustainable future for our country.

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