At Croda, we have chosen to assess our process impacts by evaluating them through industry recognised independent frameworks like the 12 Principles of Green Chemistry and applying the principles of ISO 26000. These tangible calculations of impacts allow us a continuous improvement of our CSR practices.
Our manufacturing site in Hull, UK has managed to reduce its carbon emissions by around 55 % since 2000 partly due to the installation of a 2 MW wind turbine. Since the turbine was installed, the site’s imported electricity demand has also reduced and the turbine now supplies around 40 % of the site’s electricity requirements. At full output, the wind turbine will exceed the site’s requirements and electricity is exported to the national grid.
Since 2000, energy and water consumption at Croda’s manufacturing facility in Hull has reduced by around 50% per unit of production.
At the end of 2016 we were on schedule to achieve a 10% reduction in Group waste to landfill by the end of 2020, having achieved a 2.5% reduction compared to our 2015 baseline year. Since 2010 we have seen a 57.8% reduction with up to eight of our sites sending zero waste to landfill per annum. Two of our manufacturing sites have made a notable contribution to this achievement: Gouda, in the Netherlands and Mill Hall in North America, both have reduced annual landfill waste flows in recent years, particularly in 2016, from thousands to tens of tonnes.
Our new area of focus is on the recyclability of product packaging. We did a survey and discovered that of the materials we are currently using, above 90% are fully recyclable. We are now taking steps to investigate options to replace the items that are not fully recyclable. One such action is our Bag in a Box program: As an alternative to using drums, which are costly and difficult to dispose of, we started shipping pastillated products in a sealed bag inside a cardboard box. The bag and cardboard box are made of recyclable materials, providing an environmentally advantageous option and reducing operational costs.
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