Presentation on theme: "Advancing Sustainability Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) November 2014."— Presentation transcript:
Advancing Sustainability Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) November 2014
CIAC’s 50+ Year Journey and Responsible Care Timeline CIAC founded in 1962 (known formerly as the Canadian Chemical Producer’s Association). CIAC founded in 1962 (known formerly as the Canadian Chemical Producer’s Association). In 1985, Responsible Care® is born. In 1985, the National Advisory Panel is established. In 1986, creation of community awareness and emergency response. In 1992, annual emissions inventory is created called NERM. (National Emissions Reduction Masterplan) In 1994, Responsible Care verification process enacted.
CIAC’s 50+ Year Journey and Responsible Care Timeline In 2001, the multi-stakeholder Environmental Protection Steering Group is created. In , Responsible Care is completely reviewed and updated to incorporate new sustainability principles, revamped codes, updated verification process and new RC tagline: “Responsible Care®: Our Commitment to Sustainability”. In 2012, CIAC celebrates 50 years! Today, Responsible Care is adopted in over 60 countries!!
Triple Bottom Line Approach: “We dedicate ourselves, our technology and our business practices to sustainability – the betterment of society, the environment and the economy.” After that, it’s up to each company to ‘figure it out’ for themselves. Each company to develop it’s own definition, principles, policies, and actions. Responsible Care® Ethic and Principles for Sustainability “Do the Right Thing and Be Seen to Do the Right Thing”
What is CIAC Trying to Do? Shift the industry culture from safety to sustainability From-Safety To-Sustainability X “S” is a cost “S” is an investment X “S” person does “S” Everyone Does “S” X “S” is a priority “S” is a value XWe know “S” best Looking outside for best “ practices” XEvery company for themselves We can’t achieve “S” alone XIgnore or fight our critics Engage your toughest critics XProduct liability – not my problem Life cycle / value chain stewardship (1985 – 2007 – “S” means safety) (2007 – present “S” means sustainability)
What is CIAC Doing to Contribute to our Member’s Sustainability? Borrowing Best Practices Developing Tools & Guidance Using Sweat Equity Conducting Performance Measurement & Reporting Verifying our Member’s Progress Encouraging Mutual Support Creating Partnerships Using Peer Pressure Sharing Incidents
Our 20+ Year Commitment to Reducing Emissions In 1992, NERM (National Emissions Reduction Masterplan) emissions inventory is created. In 1992, NERM (National Emissions Reduction Masterplan) emissions inventory is created. CIAC is a reporting partner of Environment Canada’s National Pollutant Release Inventory. NERM goes beyond what is covered by legislation; – we have over 800 chemicals and encourage members to report any emissions (even those below recommended NPRI thresholds) – Encourage our companies to set and meet voluntary reduction targets. Our members take a risk based and scientific approach in their strategy to reduce emissions.
Our 20+ Year Environmental Performance Record Today, a unit of Canadian chemical product is manufactured with 88% fewer emissions than in reduced discharges to water by 98% reduced emissions of toxins targeted by the Canadian Environmental Protection Act by 89% substantially reduced emissions of air pollutants such as nitrogen oxides (by 61%) and sulphur dioxide (by 85%) reduced the global-warming potential of their operations by 65%
Our Reductions of Benzene Emissions In 1994, Environment Canada and CIAC signed a “Memorandum of Understanding” for benzene reduction. CIAC members committed to 70% reduction by 2001 By 2001, the industry had reached 67% reduction. By 2012, members reached 96% reductions.
Our Reductions of VOC Emissions In 1997, Environment Canada and CIAC signed a “Memorandum of Understanding” for VOC emission reductions. CIAC members committed to 25% reduction by By 2002, the industry had reached 31% reduction. By 2012, members reached 83% reductions.
BASF Slashes VOC Emissions BASF Windor, Ontario site manufactures automotive coatings, including basecoats and primer. In 2011, BASF completed a major production expansion project at their Windsor site, which resulted in a more than 15-tonne increase in VOC emissions. In 2012, BASF Canada took action and was able to cut its VOC emissions by 50% by selecting a less hazardous, lower volatile substance and using more water in the cleaning solvent blend. Changing the solvent mix resulted in lower emissions and cost savings.
Lanxess Reduces VOC emissions Lanxess Sarnia, Ontario plant produces synthetic butyl rubber found in automobile tires. In 2011, the Sarnia site invested 10-million dollars in a highly energy efficient regenerative thermal oxidizer (RTO). The RTO consumes less natural gas than other VOC-control technologies, and significantly reduced VOCs resulting in fewer emissions of greenhouse gases over the long term. Lanxess reduced its 2011 VOC emissions by 21% in just one year!
CIAC Responsible Care Team Bob MastersonGilles Laurin Vice President, Responsible Care®Manager, Responsible Care Telephone: (613) x Stephanie ButlerKara Edwards Manager, Environment Health & SafetyTransportation Safety & Security Advisor Telephone: (613) x245Telephone: (613) x244