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Dow Researcher Awarded for Reducing Emissions from Styrofoam

Dow has given its first Sustainability Innovator Award, recognizing Simon Lee for reducing emissions from Styrofoam manufacturing and for his contribution to the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Lee, senior research leader in Dow Building Solutions, spearheaded the development of new foaming agent technology that reduces the greenhouse gas emissions related to the manufacturing of Styrofoam insulation by half and removes hydrochlorofluorocabon (HCFC). The U.S. and Canada, under the Montreal Protocol, are phasing out the production and importation of HCFCs, which deplete the ozone layer. The HCFC Dow used in Styrofoam manufacturing must be eliminated by 2010.

Lee was also the lead author of a chapter in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 2006 report, "Safeguarding the Ozone Layer and the Global Climate System.” When the IPCC and Al Gore were awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, the IPCC recognized Lee as a co-recipient of the Prize.

Dow's Sustainability Innovator Award was created to recognize Dow employees whose actions support the company's 2015 sustainability goals, which include reducing Dow's greenhouse gas intensity related to production by 2.5 percent annually from 2005-2015.

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