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US industrials lead the way in reducing GHG emissions

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The American Materials Manufacturing Alliance (AMMA), a group of energy-intensive, trade-exposed industries (EITEs) that includes The Aluminum Association, the American Chemistry Council (ACC), the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA), the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), and Portland Cement Association (PCA) reported that between 1990 and 2008, industrials was the only sector of the US economy in which greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions fell. By contrast, during the same time period, GHG emissions rose in the commercial, electricity, residential, transportation and agricultural sectors. Last week the US Energy Information Administration reported that US industrial GHG emissions fell more than 3% in 2009 – an ‘unprecedented’ reduction for the industrial sector for a single year.

Driven largely by energy efficiency improvements, US industrial GHG emissions fell 5.9% between 1990 and 2008. Meanwhile, commercial GHG emissions went up 36.9%, electricity increased 30%, residential increased 27.3%, transportation increased 21.6% and agriculture increased 11.3%.

‘We’re proud of the industrial sector’s proven record of enhancing energy efficiency and reducing GHG emissions, and we’re committed to further improvement,’ said Cal Dooley, ACC president and CEO. ‘Just last week, we honoured twelve member companies for implementing energy efficiency improvements in 2009 that saved enough energy to power all the homes in a city the size of Dayton, Ohio, for one year.  Use of chemistry products in renewable energy and energy efficiency applications such as solar panels, wind turbines, building insulation and lightweight vehicles helps the rest of society save energy and reduce their GHG emissions, too.’

‘The United States cement industry is dedicated to producing a superior product while addressing challenging manufacturing policies and procedures to improve energy efficiency. This not only impacts our emissions and costs, but makes our communities better places,’ said Brian McCarthy, Portland Cement Association President and CEO. ‘The actions taken by our plants are at the forefront of manufacturing technology and position the industry as a key contributor to the development of the latest energy expertise.’

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