Clariant sustainability report targets greater efficiencies

By Simon Pitman

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Switzerland-based fine chemicals provider has published its sustainability objectives for the first time ever, targeting greater energy efficiency and less waste as key to its objectives.

Last week the company participated as the chemical industry partner at the Environmental Arena, in Spreitenbach, Switzerland, an event that highlighted environmental initiatives in Switzerland and one that proved to be a platform to its newly published sustainability report.

Speaking of the report and the company’s commitment to a sustainable business philosophy, Hariolf Kottmann, Clariant CEO said: “Only companies that manage their business sustainably in a responsible manner can achieve operational success in the long term.”

Clariant Sustainability Report highlights key goals

The 2011 Sustainability Report specifies a number of specific targets that the company is aiming to achieve in the period up to 2011 and based on reference values for its 2005 production year.

Those targets include: reductions in energy consumption of 30 per cent, CO2 emissions by 45 per cent, direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions by 35 per cent, water consumption by 25 per cent, waset-water production by 45 per cent and waste production by 45 per cent.

Following the publication, Clariant said the sustainability award was evaluated by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), an international body that assesses sustainability initiatives by businesses worldwide.

Clairiant get A+ GRI rating

The GRI board awarded Clariant the highest possible A+ rating, in recognition of the goals it has set itself and the improvements it has made to its manufacturing operations to date.

Earlier this year both fragrance supplier Givaudan and personal care giant Johnson & Johnson received B+ and A+ ratings respectively from the GRI.

Clariant’s consumer care division supplies a variety of chemicals to the global cosmetics industry, including ingredients for formulation ranging from pigments to emulsion, functional ingredients and a wide range of specialty ingredients.

It also supplies the coatings and plastics industry with a variety of chemicals that are used in almost of every aspect of packaging materials used for cosmetic and personal care products.

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