WASHINGTON, Nov. 1, 2011 /PR Newswire/ -- The American Chemistry Council (ACC) today applauded the federal government's attention to energy efficiency at the White House GreenGov Symposium. The event brings together leaders from government, the private sector, non-profits and academia to share best practices and discuss cutting-edge approaches for the future. Additional information is available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/greengov/symposium.
American Chemistry Council (ACC) President and CEO Cal Dooley issued the following statement:
'As an industry that creates energy-saving solutions for the federal government and throughout the U.S. economy, we welcome the discussion of energy efficiency at this week's GreenGov Symposium. By highlighting performance, participants can learn the value of innovative products, materials and technologies in achieving energy efficiency goals.
'As one example, the GreenGov initiative aims to ensure that all new federal buildings are designed to achieve zero-net-energy by 2030. Chemistry companies can help: Our advanced materials and products are used for building insulation as well as energy-saving roofing, piping, windows, air infiltration systems, compact fluorescent lighting, appliances, and solar panels. Chemistry and plastics also help make government vehicles and aircraft more energy-efficient through light-weighting, fuel-efficient tires, and automotive lubricants.
'We are encouraged that Executive Order 13514 makes it 'the policy of the United States that federal agencies shall increase energy efficiency,' and we applaud the U.S. Green Building Council, a sponsor of the symposium, for its leadership on the issue. At the same time, we remain concerned about the use of 'single attribute' criteria in buildings assessments. Instead, we support a life cycle 'systems' approach that focuses on how individual components interact within the building system and identifies options with the greatest potential for energy efficiency and environmental improvement.'
The American Chemistry Council (ACC) represents the leading companies engaged in the business of chemistry. ACC members apply the science of chemistry to make innovative products and services that make people's lives better, healthier and safer. ACC is committed to improved environmental, health and safety performance through Responsible Care®, common sense advocacy designed to address major public policy issues, and health and environmental research and product testing. The business of chemistry is a $720 billion enterprise and a key element of the nation's economy. It is one of the nation's largest exporters, accounting for ten cents out of every dollar in U.S. exports. Chemistry companies are among the largest investors in research and development. Safety and security have always been primary concerns of ACC members, and they have intensified their efforts, working closely with government agencies to improve security and to defend against any threat to the nation's critical infrastructure.
SOURCE American Chemistry Council