Sustainability report 2020 FINAL - Flipbook - Page 56
We take initiatives to reduce environmental risks in the production, storage, distribution and usage of
our products and in the disposal of waste. This includes the efficient use of energy and resources and the
continuous improvement of our processes to minimize the impact of our activities on the environment.
We apply a simple concept of analyzing our production processes to, where possible, avoid or reduce
emissions and waste, recycle waste streams, and wherever necessary dispose of waste in an environmentally
acceptable manner. We comply with all local regulations, and have online effluent monitoring in major
sites which allows a control mechanism to achieve and surpass emission limits.
Accountability for environmental management lies with the Senior Vice President of Operations. Manufacturing
processes are developed in line with the “Principles of Green Chemistry*” (see graphic below); maximizing
process yields which ensures that minimum waste is generated, and to minimize unintentional contaminants
of raw materials and intermediates within the final product. Production technology, that is the implementation,
installation, monitoring and ongoing improvements of production processes, is globally managed in two
areas: 1) Chemicals, and 2) Dyes & optical brightening agents. This has been done due to the distinctly differing
natures of chemistries involved in these two areas.
Short-term and long-term key
performance indicators and
associated targets are defined for
each production site for energy
use, waste and effluent, both
in absolute terms and per unit
of production. These are
monitored on a monthly
basis using scorecards by the
manufacturing department and
corrective actions taken where
necessary. In addition, specific
projects are initiated regarding
operational excellence, especially
in process simplification and
production yield improvement.
There are strict guidelines covering environmental safety non-conformities. All sites and standalone
laboratories have at their disposal a well prepared and trained emergency response team to cover spills,
fires, accidents or injury. Training of these teams is conducted on a regular basis, and certified to conform
to local regulations. The magnitude and/or the impact of an incident will determine the response level
according to the global emergency management procedures, by either the Local Emergency Management
(LEM) team or the Global Emergency Management (GEM) team. The local authorities are notified, and the
appropriate remedial actions taken. Archroma employees are always a part of any emergency team, even
if Archroma is not the site owner, as in some cases we have shared sites with third parties.
In addition to the specialized training received by the emergency management teams, all production
employees are trained on safety, energy, waste and wastewater management as a part of the Archroma
Academy “MAKEXPERT” initiative, developed to build knowledge from a bottom-up approach. This
initiative also builds a good platform to define improvements towards achieving the particular annual
and long-term goals.
Airborne emissions from the production plants include exhaust gas from operations and boiler flue gas.
All production plants and standalone laboratories are equipped with modern facilities to collect and
treat air emissions. All air emissions are continually monitored and meet with the relative standard limits
as stipulated by local environmental authorities.
* Anastas, Paul T.;
Warner, John C. (1998)
Theory and Practice.