Dow Chemical Participates at World Economic and Environmental Conference 2011 in Qingdao
Karen Carter, General Manager Dow Building & Construction in Asia Pacific and India makes speech at forum on “Sustainable Development in Green Building & Property”
Qingdao, China, June 23, 2011
The Dow Chemical Company announces its participation in the 4th annual World Economic and Environmental Conference (WEC 2011) in Qingdao on June 19th, which was jointly hosted by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the International Energy Conservation Environmental Protection Association (IEEPA). The company addressed its commitment to “solving world challenges through sustainable chemistry,” and showcased innovative solutions and collaborations during the three-day event.
Rising utility costs, climate change concerns, economic dependency on foreign oil, natural resource depletion, etc. all are on the minds of today’s developers and builders. That's because operating buildings and providing year round comfort in both winter and summer accounts for almost 50% of all energy consumption globally. Karen Carter, General Manager of Dow Building & Construction in Asia Pacific and India made a speech focused on “Building a Sustainable Future in Real Estate through Innovation & Partnership” at the forum on “Sustainable Development in Green Building and Property”.
“As a responsible leader of the global chemical industry we have a long-standing commitment to reduce emissions. As part of that commitment, we have developed solutions for today including energy efficiency solutions for the building envelope in the China market. These solutions include reliable XPS/EPS EIFS (external insulation and finish system) and adaptable TPO/Spray PU Foam roofing systems,” said Karen Carter. “Additionally, we are investing in innovations for tomorrow, such as next generation XPS blowing agent technology, which was successfully implemented in all North America STYROFOAM™ plants and the invention of Polymeric Flame Retardant (Polymeric FR) which can be used in both XPS and EPS foam insulation applications globally to replace hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD). Moreover, Dow Powerhouse™ Solar Shingle launched in North America in 2011 was named one of TIME magazine’s ‘50 Best Inventions of 2009’ in the United States. We remain focused on enabling buildings that are built right and built to last. Join us, together we will build a sustainable future!”
The audience like governors, architects, developers and media showed their keen interest in our sustainability efforts and innovative energy efficiency solutions.
Dow also hosted a reception under the theme “Investing in Nature” to celebrate locally its breakthrough collaboration with The Nature Conservancy. Approximately 100 stakeholders attended. Some of the attendees expressed their wishes for further cooperation with Dow during the dinner event.
Dow was presented the International Carbon-Value Award by the conference organizers during the opening ceremony which confirms Dow’s contribution to sustainability development worldwide.
About Dow Building & Construction
Dow Building & Construction is comprised of two business units - Dow Building Solutions and Dow Construction Chemicals - each of which offer strengths in energy efficiency solutions, channel management, branding, technology development / support and demand creation. A business group within Dow's Advanced Material Division, Dow Building & Construction employs about 1,700 people and generates almost $2B of revenue while operating more than 30 plants worldwide. For more information, please visit us at: www.dow.com or www.dowbuilding.asia
Dow combines the power of science and technology with the “Human Element” to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company connects chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help address many of the world's most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, renewable energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow's diversified industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 160 countries and in high growth sectors such as electronics, water, energy, coatings and agriculture. In 2010, Dow had annual sales of $53.7 billion and employed approximately 50,000 people worldwide. The Company's more than 5,000 products are manufactured at 188 sites in 35 countries across the globe. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted. More information about Dow can be found at www.dow.com.