American chemistry council recognizes Dow`s energy achievements

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MIDLAND, Mich. -- The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW), a leader in energy conservation and industrial energy efficiency, has been recognized by the American Chemistry Council (ACC) for its achievements. ACC awarded Dow with two Responsible Care® Awards - one for the Company's $100 million energy efficiency initiative and one for its Texas City Operations facility's two Superior Energy Performance Certifications by the U.S. Department of Energy.

'Dow has been a leader in energy conservation for decades and we continue to be at the forefront, driving innovative ways to use energy more efficiently and reduce greenhouse gas emissions,' said George Biltz, vice president of Energy and Climate Change at Dow. 'We're proud of this recognition for our achievements.'

ACC's 2010 Responsible Care® Energy Efficiency Awards recognizes companies' achievements in improving energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas or other environmental impacts. These awards are part of the ACC's Energy Efficiency Continues Improvement Program (EECIP).

As part of Dow's commitment to continuous improvement of energy intensity, Dow committed $100 million to fund acceleration in energy efficiency projects at its sites around the world. The ACC's Responsible Care® Energy Efficiency Award recognized Dow's Energy Intensity Improvement Fund for stimulating innovations in energy programs. With projects throughout the U.S., Spain, Germany and the Netherlands, projected savings are approximately five trillion British Thermal Units (BTUs) and 260,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent per year.

The ACC also recognized Dow's Texas City Operations as one of the first of four facilities in the U.S. to pilot the Department of Energy's Superior Energy Performance (SEP) program. In the process, the facility achieved certifications for its Isopropanol and Energy Systems units. SEP is a new American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-accredited energy management certification program designed to help industrial facilities drive continual energy efficiency achievements while maintaining competitiveness. The project was developed by the Department of Energy with support from the U.S. Council for Energy-Efficient Manufacturing (U.S. CEEM). The participation of Texas City Operations enabled the program to be piloted at a large integrated industrial site. Texas City Operations is owned and operated by Union Carbide Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company.

Dow's energy efficiency efforts have prevented more than 95 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, from entering the atmosphere and have contributed a cost savings of $9.4 billion since 1994.

About The Dow Chemical Company
Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines the power of science and technology with the 'Human Element' to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company connects chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help address many of the world’s most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, renewable energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow’s diversified industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 160 countries and in high growth sectors such as electronics, water, energy, coatings and agriculture. In 2010, Dow had annual sales of $53.7 billion and employed approximately 50,000 people worldwide. The Company’s more than 5,000 products are manufactured at 188 sites in 35 countries across the globe. References to 'Dow' or the 'Company' mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted. More information about Dow can be found at www.dow.com.

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