Silicones play an important role in promoting sustainable development because they enhance the performance and durability of a large number of commercial and industrial products. Silicone lends its useful characteristics when applied to other materials allowing them to last longer, spread better, stay flexible or rigid and withstand extreme temperatures or humidity, thus reducing the resource and energy consumption of the products in which they are used.
Committed to the responsible use of silicones, the GSC continues to evaluate the science behind the material through many rigorous research programs. Research methodologies include computer modeling, laboratory testing, and environmental monitoring.
Carbon Balance Study
A recent study commissioned by the Global Silicones Council assessed the full life cycle of silicones, siloxanes, and silanes in Europe, North America and Japan. The first of its kind, this study took a cradle-to-grave perspective, examining the production, use, and waste phases of silicones.
The study found that the use of products containing silicone materials can help save, on average, nine times the amount of greenhouse gases required to manufacture them.
This study provided consumers, manufacturers, retailers and policymakers with reliable data to implement effective sustainability and energy efficiency measures and decisions. It is a first, important step toward a better assessment of silicon-based chemistry products.
For more information on the study, please visit www.siliconescarbonbalance.com