Members of the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada continued to make progress in reducing their emissions during the 2009 recession, according to a report released today by the association. While production decreased 14 per cent in 2009, CIAC member-companies still cut their emissions by 19 per cent over 2008 levels, according to the Reducing Emissions 18 report.

“It’s remarkable that while most companies were worried about keeping their plants operating in the midst of a major recession, our members showed such an unwavering commitment to reducing their environmental footprint,” said Richard Paton, President and CEO of the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada.

Reducing Emissions tracks the environmental performance of CIAC member-companies’ chemical manufacturing operations, and their adherence to the association’s stringent sustainability initiative, Responsible Care®. This 18th edition of the Reducing Emissions report highlights the efforts of association members in preventing climate change and ozone depletion, and improving environmental health. Between 2008 and 2009, CIAC members:

  • Reduced releases of known and probable carcinogens by 41 per cent
  • Eliminated emissions of 14 high-priority substances targeted by Canada’s Chemicals Management Plan by 11 per cent
  • Reduced the global-warming potential of their operations by 8 per cent
  • Decreased the ozone-depleting potential of their operations by 5 per cent

To download a complete version of Reducing Emissions 18, click here.

For more information, please contact:

Michael Bourque
Vice-President, External Relations
613-237-6215 x 225