Commitments in line with industry leaders

Leading people and process safety

As a responsible operator and reliable supplier, we put safety first. Our goal is to sustain responsible operations by continuously improving our performance, with the ambition to reach zero injuries and harm focusing people safetyprocess safety and product safety. We continue to pursue improvements in our safety performance, for example, by focusing on leading indicators, emphasizing hazard recognition, and improving incident learning. In 2023, our process safety incident rate was 78% below our 2019 baseline and our OSHA Incident Rate (OIR) was 3% below the 2019 baseline. Our People safety performance continues to rank in the top quartile according to the most recent American Chemistry Council benchmark data. 

We are also committed to reducing our carbon footprint and energy consumption. We do this by increasing operational efficiency and increasing the sourcing of renewable energy. 95% of our manufacturing sites have certified Environmental Management Systems (EMS), such as ISO 14001 or RC 14001. Our ISC approach resulted a 1% increase in asset uptime (excluding downtime due to weather events and global supply shortages), yielding approximately $77M in combined reductions in operational and raw material costs. 

Safety program and performance Sustainability targets

Continuously improving our performance, and our carbon footprint with ambitous targets.

Key Achievements

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78% Process safety incident rate decrease between 2019 and 2023

Six carbon-neutral manufacturing sites

Eco-efficiency tracking in place at 100% of manufacturing sites

20% of organic raw materials are bio-based

33% of total energy is based on renewable sources

Focus areas

A closer look....Significant strides in advancing our use of renewable energy

In 2023, we achieved a milestone where 25 out of its 60 manufacturing sites globally are now powered by renewable or low-carbon electricity, constituting 54% of the total electricity used worldwide. Furthermore, all nine sites in Brazil exclusively utilized electricity from renewable sources. This substantial shift towards renewable energy underscores our commitment to sustainability and dedication to reducing its carbon footprint on a global scale.

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Safety performance recognition

Our safety performance has been recognized several times in recent years by external agencies such as ACC (American Chemistry Council).


Cases - Improving safety and environment

Did you know?

Advanced sustainability efforts with more than 400 product carbon footprint sheets

The Nouryon Polymer Specialties team developed more than 400 Product Carbon Footprint sheets, which are available on our Sales Support Portal, Sales app, and Distribution app. This initiative is in response to customer requests for carbon data related to our products. The sheets have been generated using a semi-automated approach, providing important carbon data while we develop a Nouryon-wide tool.

Learn more - Nouryon's sustainability pillars

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