In addition to silicones’ use in sustainable energy technologies such as wind and solar power, 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 products 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 silicones are used.
Committed to the responsible use of silicones, the Global Silicones Council continues to evaluate the science behind the material through many rigorous research programs. Research methodologies include computer modeling, laboratory testing, and environmental monitoring.
The use of silicones, siloxanes, and silanes generates energy savings and greenhouse-gas emission reductions that outweigh the impacts of production and end-of-life disposal by a factor of nine.
Additionally, the use of silicone products in Europe, North America (including Canada), and Japan allow for CO2 reductions equivalent to 52 million tons per year.