Archroma-Sustainability-Report-FY2018 - Page 62



EFFICIENT
RESOURCE OPTIMIZATION
At Archroma, our efforts to reduce resource requirements and reduce both our direct and indirect impacts
start with our innovation process focused on identifying problems to solve and opportunities to support
our mission to make the industries that we serve more sustainable. This is more than altruistic effort to
save the planet, it is a material issue to sustain our business. If we are not continually working to reduce
our indirect impacts and help our downstream stakeholders conserve valuable resources, our business
opportunities will vanish along with the clean water and inexpensive energy necessary to support our
industry. These efforts require a management approach to innovation that places value on improving
indirect impacts, minimizing or eliminating toxicity, and improving resource efficiency through effective
collaboration and stakeholder engagement.
As we have previously reported, our primary focus is on safety. Our second focus for our innovation efforts
is on efficiency, “It’s our nature to rethink sustainable manufacturing”. The industries we serve rely on huge
amounts of clean fresh water and energy to make their products. As these valuable resources become
more scarce and expensive, we must help our customers find ways to reduce water and energy consumption,
and to improve the quality of their effluents and emissions. For water, this is truly considering all of our
interactions with water as a shared resource, and helping our industry ensure that we can maintain and
grow our level of production to meet the needs of our growing population. Through chemical innovation,
we are able to identify marginal gains that add up to significant resource savings for our downstream
customers. As these gains become more difficult to realize in a single product, we are finding ways to
innovate by combining efficient products into systems, which become even more effective for resource
reduction when they are used together. In some cases, this system approach is also enabling a reduction in
the need for commodity chemicals like salt and caustic soda and this is greatly improving the quality
of the effluents that are discharged by our customers.
An Archroma system which deliver efficiency improvements to
our customers is communicated as the “Sustainable Collection”.
THE ARCHROMA WAY
Safe + Efficient = The Sustainable Collection
SAFE – IT’S OUR NATURE TO PROTECT
A solid core: Our deeply rooted goal to protect people and our planet.
Safe to use, safe to release and also safe to wear.
EFFICIENT – IT’S OUR NATURE TO RETHINK
SUSTAINABLE MANUFACTURING
Innovating application processes that minimize resources and maximize
productivity, both in our and our customers’ manufacturing as well
as by setting ourselves ambitious sustainability goals.
In our communication we also clearly identify the resource optimization potential
for the customer, however in order to be relevant to our customer, it is essential that
we be able to accurately measure and track these resources savings.
Archroma has created the award winning ONE WAY Process Simulator to quantify these reductions in impacts. It can be used in a mill to define the processes they use by capturing very detailed information about
their production capabilities and their costs for key resource inputs. We can then calculate the potential
savings by converting to a more efficient chemical product or system and a more efficient process of
applying it. ONE WAYis designed to report both the total resource savings in liters of water or joules of
energy, and can also calculate critical business metrics like savings in cost, chemical use, and production
time. The ONE WAY tool has been an innovation in its own right, but has also helped us to measure and
quantify the indirect impacts of our innovation efforts and to communicate these to our customers and
other stakeholders.
Due to the broad nature of our product range and customer base, it may be difficult to calculate all of our
indirect impacts, but the ONE WAY tool allows us to quantify what is possible with a specific technology,
and then to estimate the overall impact of that technology based on how much we have sold. In the
future, this methodology could be used to set targets and expectations for our overall indirect impacts and
resource savings.
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