Chemistry plays an essential role in the innovations that that are helping to solve the biggest challenges facing our nation and our world.
In the next 10 years alone, the global population will expand by another billion people, creating a tidal wave of demand on the Earth’s finite resources. Only through chemistry will it be possible to provide a safe and plentiful food supply, clean air and water, safe living conditions, efficient and affordable energy sources and life-saving medical treatments to communities around the globe.
Last year America’s chemistry industry spent approximately $93 billion in research and development to support new innovation to make it possible to meet the needs of a growing world.
Responsible Care® is the chemical industry’s world-class environmental, health, safety, and security performance initiative. It’s our commitment to doing more, and doing better and demonstrates our essential role in a safe, secure, and sustainable future.
Nearly every energy efficient technology is dependent on innovations in chemistry – from lithium-ion batteries that power our laptops and mobile phones and will drive the next generation of electric cars, to building insulation and strong yet lightweight plastic packaging that allows more products to be shipped with less weight.
Today’s plastics typically make up 50% of the volume of a new light vehicle, but less than 10% of its weight, helping keep cars lighter while reducing fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
Today we’re doing more with less. Advanced plastics and chemical products are essential to meeting sustainability goals in commercial, residential, and infrastructure construction. Everything from insulation, sealants, roofing, windows, and more are helping to dramatically improve energy efficiency, reduce waste, and lower CO2 emissions.