Dow joins industry leaders in American Cleaning Institute’s Climate Challenge
Dow commits to becoming carbon neutral by 2050
MIDLAND, Mich. – May 10, 2021 – Today, Dow committed to the American Cleaning Institute’s (ACI) Climate Challenge with goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across the cleaning products value chain and confront climate change head on. The ACI Climate Challenge is the first step in ACI’s new roadmap for action on climate change, with the target of limiting the global temperature rise to 1.5°C.
Dow’s “protect the climate” targets reflect the company’s commitment to reduce its net annual carbon emissions by 5 million metric tons by 2030 versus its 2020 baseline and ensure Dow’s ecosystem is carbon neutral by 2050. This initiative by Dow corresponds to the overarching goal or decarbonization set forth by ACI’s Climate Challenge.
“A sustainable future can only be attained if we address the issues at the root of climate change, and ACI’s 1.5°C Climate Challenge is a significant step in the right direction,” Eric Peeters, Global Director of Sustainability, Performance Materials & Coatings shared. “By ensuring the products Dow sells continue to become more sustainable and advancing manufacturing operations, Dow continues to prioritize sustainability goals.”
As a major user of energy and producer of technologies that are essential to a lower-carbon economy, Dow is in a unique position of responsibility to act. The “protect the climate” targets represent Dow’s commitment to collaborate with suppliers, customers, and value chain partners to reduce net annual carbon emissions. Within the home care market specifically, Dow is exploring the expansion of surfactants to include biosurfactants made from fermentation or green chemistry processes, introducing biodegradable ingredient alternatives, and designing technologies that reduce materials, packaging waste, and energy costs without sacrificing performance.
In addition to Dow’s “protect the climate” targets, the Company is also committed to “stop the waste” by enabling 1 million metric tons of plastic to be collected, reused or recycled through its direct actions and partnerships. Dow has also committed to redesigning and promoting reusable or recyclable packaging applications, which is reflected in its “close the loop” target to enable 100 percent of Dow products sold into packaging applications to be reusable or recyclable.
By joining the ACI’s Climate Challenge, Dow and other organizations are setting an industry example of what climate action leadership looks like. Read more about the challenge here.
Dow Home Care
Dow Home offers unique, innovative ingredients that empower customers around the world to create products with exceptional performance and exciting benefits that consumers can trust and believe in. Consumers that seek the confidence and comforts of a clean home can see and feel the difference in our products through shiny surfaces, and soft fabrics that look and smell fresh. We leverage our understanding of customer needs, deep market knowledge and technical expertise—combined with one of the broadest portfolios of technologies—to deliver home and personal care solutions with outstanding performance that are safe for people and the planet. We foster these innovations on global and local levels to meet the needs of diverse consumers through business centers, research and development (R&D), manufacturing plants and customer applications centers around the world. Please visit www.dow.com/homecare for more information.
Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines global breadth, asset integration and scale, focused innovation and leading business positions to achieve profitable growth. The Company’s ambition is to become the most innovative, customer centric, inclusive and sustainable materials science company, with a purpose to deliver a sustainable future for the world through our materials science expertise and collaboration with our partners. Dow’s portfolio of plastics, industrial intermediates, coatings and silicones businesses delivers a broad range of differentiated science-based products and solutions for its customers in high-growth market segments, such as packaging, infrastructure, mobility and consumer care. Dow operates 106 manufacturing sites in 31 countries and employs approximately 35,700 people. Dow delivered sales of approximately $39 billion in 2020. References to Dow or the Company mean Dow Inc. and its subsidiaries. For more information, please visit www.dow.com or follow @DowNewsroom on Twitter.
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