Sustainable processes and plants
We continuously look out for more energy-efficient and sustainable production process based on the use of modern technology. To this end, we scrutinize our production processes, seeking increased waste avoidance, recycling or conversion of waste streams into alternative uses and improved steam utilization. For instance, gas-phase-synthesis can reduce the energy consumption and CO2 emissions in oxidation processes significantly. Likewise, modern catalysts require less solvent and produce the desired products selectively.
One field of particular importance is the establishment of circular processes that reduce raw material consumption, energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions and the creation of waste all at the same time. One such process is the production of Phenothiazine at our Allessa site which is powered by a “waste-to-energy” biomass power plant and does not consume fossil fuels. Our aromatic ring chlorination in Frankfurt Höchst turns by-products into value-added goods, including the recovery of large amounts hydrochloric acid from waste gas purification.
In procurement, we prefer regional supply partners and choose transportation via rail and barge wherever possible to reduce our supply chain’s carbon footprint.
These continued efforts are reflected in a number of recognitions such as the ECOVADIS Gold Status for almost all legal entities, and certification of our sites according to ISO 50001.