Merck and BASF awarded for innovation in pollution prevention.
American Chemistry Council (ACC) has awarded three of its members-BASF Corp., Dow
and Merck & Co. Inc.-with 2010 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge awards.
The awards recognize innovations that incorporate the principles of “green
chemistry” into the design, manufacture and use of products for pollution
prevention, or, as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) explains,
“cleaner, cheaper, smarter chemistry.”
in 1995, the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge awards program is led by the
EPA’s Office and Pollution Prevention and Toxics, which works with other
federal agencies, members of the chemical industry, trade associations,
scientific organizations, and academia. An independent panel of technical
experts convened by the ACC’s Green Chemistry Institute judged award
applications from individuals, groups, and nongovernmental organizations, both
nonprofit and for profit. The ACC notes that its member companies have been
recognized with these awards nearly every year since the program’s inception.
and BASF have received the Greener Synthetic Pathways award for jointly
developing a route that uses hydrogen peroxide to make propylene oxide, greatly
reducing the waste, as well as the water and energy used, in manufacturing
propylene oxide. Propylene oxide is a chemical building block used in a variety
of products, including detergents, polyurethanes, de-icers, food additives and
personal care items.
member company Merck & Co. worked with Codexis to develop a
second-generation synthesis of an ingredient in Type 2 diabetes medicine.
Together, the two companies received the Greener Reaction Conditions award.
awards provide public recognition of the hard behind-the-scenes work that our
members do to make our lives healthier, safer and better, while building a solid
foundation for the future-all through the products of chemistry,” said Cal
Dooley, ACC president and CEO. “The industry’s effort in green chemistry isn’t
news to us, though. Through the ACC’s Responsible Care® initiative,
our members have long practiced and promoted the principles of sustainable
chemistry and effective product stewardship through their ongoing contributions
to the nation’s economic, energy, health, environmental and social progress.”
For more information, visit www.americanchemistry.com