Producers lay out plastics' role in reducing emissions


Earlier in February, the American Chemistry Council (ACC, Washington, DC) submitted written comments on a federal proposal to increase fuel efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in passenger automobiles and light trucks, showing how plastics could contribute to improving fuel economy standards proposed for 2017 and later model year light-duty vehicles.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have chosen to "provide an incentive to use lightweight materials and structures," rather than "reductions in size," by adopting a footprint approach to emission reductions, according to the ACC comments, which also support the agencies' approach to consider only vehicle mass reduction that will not adversely affect overall fleet safety....
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