Scientists from ExxonMobil and the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a new revolutionary technology that can significantly reduce the amount of energy and emissions associated with manufacturing plastics. At an industrial scale, this new technology can help reduce the global annual carbon dioxide emission of the plastics industry by at least 45 million tons. This is equivalent to the annual energy-related carbon emissions of about 5 million US homes. The breakthrough technology can help reduce the global energy costs used to make plastics by up to $2 Billion per annum. The new technology leading to the major cuts in chemical manufacturing energy use and emissions is a molecular-level filter. It is a filter with microscopic holes to do what an enormous amount of heat and energy currently do in a chemical process similar to that found in oil refining.