In June 2020, the Ibbenbüren chlorine plant, a joint venture of Nouryon and Evonik, won a regional Responsible Care Award from VCI, the German chemical industry association. The project, entitled “A wastewater-free chemical plant – no more utopia!,” was selected from over 30 entries nationwide.
In line with our aim to continuously improve its eco-efficiency and reduce emissions, the Ibbenbüren site developed a plan to reduce all wastewater from the plant by 84% by 2023. Furthermore, it developed a vision for a completely wastewater-free site. Ten optimization projects are underway which will reduce the amount of wastewater from 175,000 m3 per year (2001 level) to 28,000 m3 per year in 2023, and the site believes that a completely wastewater-free factory could be within reach as early as 2035.