Molecules are all around us, encompassing the built environment from the buildings we live in and the distribution systems that provide us with water and electricity, to the roads, bridges, and transportation systems we use to get from place to place.
What is the common thread, tying all these things together? Energy – the energy needed to produce those built environments and, conversely, how we use, or don’t use, energy to operate them. Ultimately, chemistry, material science and the energy landscape are inexorably intertwined.
Buildings, which account for 36% of global energy consumption, can operate more efficiently with high performance materials and systems. Automobiles are electrifying and require new materials and applications to make the technology even more attainable.
The chemical and material science industries are on the leading edge or producing these high-performance materials, and what’s more, companies like Pittsburgh’s Covestro are targeting doing so with climate neutral production. So ultimately, products designed to save energy when used can be produced with drastically reduce embodied carbon and move us toward a net zero future.
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