July 10, 2009

Chemicals can make the world green...but

No argument here as every single thing in the universe is made out of chemicals.

But I guess what the chemical industry wants to point out is that while environmentalists are accusing them of dirtying the planet and making people become mutants (while at the same time everybody is lapping out the luxuries and convenience of modern products and technology based on chemistry), the industry has responded by developing products that can help reverse or at least slow down climate change.

The International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) that includes the American Chemistry Council (ACC) initiated a study conducted by independent consulting firms McKinsey & Company of US and Oko Institut of Europe on how the chemical industry can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from processing down to the chemical value chain (e.g. consumer products, building and construction materials, etc...).

The study analyzed the life cycle carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions of over 100 individual chemical products and their applications (uh..how many chemicals do we have right now??). Emission savings were compared with all direct and indirect emissions linked to the chemical industry coming from those products' CO2e life cycle (cLCA) from cradle to grave.

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