ACC Announces 2024 Sustainability Leadership Awards

Six companies were honored at ACC's recent conference.

Kristen Kazarian, Managing Editor

May 14, 2024

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ACC Announces 2024 Sustainability Leadership Awards
All six companies have made moves in sustainability initiatives.saifulasmee chede / iStock / Getty Images Plus via Getty Images

At its Responsible Care and Sustainability Conference 2024, The American Chemistry Council (ACC) honored six member companies and one external organization with its 2024 Sustainability Leadership Awards.

The Awards recognize innovative products, technologies and initiatives that help advance sustainability.

"ACC member companies are advancing sustainability in the chemical industry and creating innovative products, protecting the environment, promoting circularity, and engaging with their communities," said Chris Jahn, president / CEO, American Chemistry Council. "The exemplary achievements of these ACC members demonstrate the progress that the chemical industry is making to enable solutions to real-world sustainability challenges."

ACC recognized 2024 Sustainability Leadership Award winners in the following categories:

Product Safety, Innovation & Transparency Award

Products, processes or initiatives that promote safe use of chemicals, transparency, informed sustainability decision-making and innovation to reduce risk.

PPG Industries

The paint shop in an automotive equipment manufacturing factory accounts for 50% to 70% of energy use in automotive assembly. PPG Industries' ENVIRO-PRIME EPIC 300 helps reduce carbon dioxide emissions and lowers energy consumption in the automotive manufacturing process. ENVIRO-PRIME EPIC 300 can be applied to electric vehicle assemblies with heavier metal mass while also using less energy and heat. The result is reduced energy input by 11% to 13% and reduced CO2 emissions, leading to improved decarbonization efforts while also producing cars with long-lasting corrosion resistance.

Environmental Protection Award

Products, processes or initiatives that address the environmental impacts of company products or operations.

EFC Gases & Advanced Materials

EFC has developed an innovative Neon Gas Recycling System that addresses a key environmental issue in semiconductor manufacturing. The industry relies heavily on the use of semiconductor-grade neon as a buffer gas in its deep-ultraviolet lasers, essential for chip fabrication. Given neon's natural scarcity in air, achieving such high purity requires an energy-intensive and costly process through the cryogenic distillation of liquid air. Neon is also highly susceptible to global shortages. EFC’s approach tackles these sustainability challenges by capturing and recycling spent neon from the laser exhaust, enhancing supply chain resilience, reducing the environmental impact of neon production, and minimizing resource waste.

Circularity Award

Products, processes or initiatives that promote circularity.

Celanese

Celanese operates one of the world’s largest active carbon capture and utilization (CCU) projects at its Clear Lake, Texas, site as part of its Fairway Methanol joint venture with Mitsui & Co., Ltd. The project expects to capture 180,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions that would otherwise enter the atmosphere and produce 130,000 metric tons of low-carbon methanol annually. This low-carbon input is then used to reduce traditional fossil fuel-based raw materials to produce a wide range of Celanese ECO-CC products that can benefit most major industries. These products provide sustainable solutions that will help move toward a circular economy.

Social Responsibility & Community Engagement Award

Initiatives and programs that help build and connect local communities, elevate standards of living, and promote equity, diversity, and inclusion.

DuPont

DuPont’s Clear into the Future (CITF) grant program is aimed at protecting and improving the natural environment through community engagement and education. The program is an employee-driven initiative that provides funding for projects in communities served by DuPont that are aligned with CITF’s mission to drive positive impact by protecting the environment and empowering communities to thrive. All CITF projects are aligned with one or more key priority areas, including climate change adaptation and mitigation, water stewardship, circular economy, and biodiversity.  

External Collaborator Award

Recognizing an organization that has collaborated with an ACC member on an initiative that has made significant contributions to drive sustainability and innovation.

Cyclyx

Cyclyx is a post-use plastic innovator that develops solutions to find new recycling options for plastic waste. Cyclyx is a joint venture among Agilyx and ACC members ExxonMobil Product Solutions Company and LyondellBasell. Cyclyx addresses a critical missing link in the plastic waste supply chain by implementing 10to90 all-plastic collection landfill-diversion connecting community programs. Cyclyx’s ability to chemically fingerprint plastic creates new recycling possibilities for various advanced recycling technologies. A wider variety of plastic materials, including hard-to-recycle materials like used food packaging, synthetic grass, packaging foam, bubble wrap, and more, now has the potential to enter a recycling pathway because of Cyclyx.

About the Author(s)

Kristen Kazarian

Managing Editor

Kristen Kazarian has been a writer and editor for more than three decades. She has worked at several consumer magazines and B2B publications in the fields of food and beverage, packaging, processing, women's interest, local news, health and nutrition, fashion and beauty, automotive, and computers.

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