Oct 05, 2023

ACC Honors Companies for Efforts to Advance Sustainability with its 2023 Sustainability Leadership Awards

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. (June 6, 2023) — Today at its Annual Meeting, the American Chemistry Council (ACC) honored four member companies and one external organization with its 2023 Sustainability Leadership Awards, recognizing innovative products, technologies and initiatives that help advance sustainability.

ACC's Sustainability Leadership Awards honor member companies for their achievements and contributions to sustainability in the following priority areas:

ACC recognized the following 2023 Sustainability Leadership Award winners in the following categories:

Evonik's RHEANCE® One is a glycolipid-based platform produced from biomolecules identical to those found in nature and are mild to the skin. Using an all-natural biotechnical manufacturing process, RHEANCE® One allows for sustainable personal care products. RHEANCE® One is 100 percent biodegradable, environmentally friendly, utilizes responsibly sourced raw materials, and is produced and verified with a traceable supply chain to the farming level, allowing for an alternative to fossil-driven chemicals.

DuPont's StyrofoamTM Brand ST-100 extruded polystyrene (XPS) Insulation used in building and construction applications is delivering a substantial 94 percent reduction in embodied carbon across the product life cycle, as verified through a third-party Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) study and Environmental Production Declaration (EPD) assessment. The ST-100 XPS insulation incorporates a wide range of product properties, such as mechanical strength and moisture and fire resistance, while also enabling reduction in the use of blowing agents to reduce the global warming potential (GWP) impact and manufacturing costs.

SABIC has partnered with Polivouga, a manufacturer of flexible film products, and Nueva Pescanova Group, a leading Spanish food brand, to launch TRUCIRCLE, a new, innovative project resulting in the world's first frozen food packaging solution using SABIC's certified circular polyethylene from feedstock sourced from OBP. SABIC's certified circular polyolefins from recovered OBP demonstrates how OBP can be brought back into a circular material stream to be converted into high quality food packaging.

THINC30 is a social responsibility event platform designed by Covestro LLC to bring community stakeholders together to help drive the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the local Pittsburgh community. By sharing the UN SDGs with local business, government, academic and nonprofit leaders, Covestro hopes to inspire action that will advance the region's growth and prosperity in a sustainable way.

Dow Chemical and WM launched a bold new collaboration to improve residential recycling for plastic films by allowing consumers in select markets to recycle materials like bread bags, cling wrap, and dry-cleaning bags directly in their curbside recycling. The program is expected to help divert more than 120,000 metric tons of plastics film from landfills annually, and by 2025, film recycling through WM is expected to reach 8 percent of U.S. households.

ACC convened a judging panel made up of external sustainability leaders from academia, nonprofit and media sectors to review and select the award winners. The judging panel chose winning initiatives based on a range of factors, including the level of innovation the initiative demonstrated, the scope and reach of its impacts and the extent to which it addresses priorities outlined in ACC's Sustainability Principles and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. ACC received 48 applications from 23 member companies.

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) represents the leading companies engaged in the multibillion-dollar business of chemistry. ACC members apply the science of chemistry to make innovative products, technologies and services that make people's lives better, healthier and safer. ACC is committed to improved environmental, health, safety and security performance through Responsible Care®; common sense advocacy addressing major public policy issues; and health and environmental research and product testing. ACC members and chemistry companies are among the largest investors in research and development, and are advancing products, processes and technologies to address climate change, enhance air and water quality, and progress toward a more sustainable, circular economy.

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Deborah Dailey Chris Jahn, Product Safety, Innovation & Transparency Environmental Protection Circularity Social Responsibility & Community Engagement ACC's "External Collaborator" Evonik's RHEANCE® One DuPont's StyrofoamTM Brand ST-100 extruded polystyrene (XPS) Insulation SABIC THINC30 is a social responsibility event platform designed by Covestro LLC Dow Chemical and WM