Study Misses the Mark: Plastics Help Significantly Reduce Carbon Footprint

2019-05-16

WASHINGTON (May 15, 2019) – The Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) has released a report called “Plastic & Climate: The Hidden Costs of a Plastic Planet,” which looks at plastics production and greenhouse gas emissions. The American Chemistry Council (ACC) responded with the following statement, which may be attributed to Steve Russell, vice president of ACC’s Plastics Division:

“Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is a critical global challenge and something we take very seriously. Rigorous emissions studies are an important tool for understanding the carbon impacts of products. Unfortunately, the study released today falls short of comparing the carbon profiles of products and packaging made with plastics to those of alternatives, which tend to be much greater as documented in numerous life cycle studies. Read full article >