Every year, the Cefic Responsible Care Award recognizes best practices from chemical companies and federations from all over Europe. 2016 sees the inclusion of a special, one-off Accenture award, chosen from all the entries across categories.
Selected by a panel of independent judges, four winning companies received their trophies at the “Global Chemical Industry European Convention” in Florence in October. Two Special Commendations were attributed to HCS Group in the Energy Efficiency Category and to Endira Spa, in the Envirnonment Category.
Prior to nominating the best in class project, the Jury discussed each category entries. The full list of entries is available for downloaded here.
The Four Winners
"Pilots waste CO2 feedstock reality". This project has taken a major step towards using carbon dioxide for plastic production.
What the judges say: “Excellent, clearly written, well presented and supported by facts and figures. Important in sustainability terms. Ranks very highly in its demonstration value. Good project.”
Contact: Karsten Malsch, Global Product Management
Product Stewardship Award
"Sustainable Antibiotics” project aiming at reducing antimiocrobal activity in effluent of production site.
What the judges say: "My highest across all categories. A top ranking strong presentation, innovative, supporting data, a well-rounded project. Really good. Well structured, has impact through the value chain. Very good in advocacy, highest in this category.”
Contact: Mansur Philipp Gharabaghi, Senior Global Branding & Communications Manager
Occupational Health & Safety Award
MSD (Swords, IRL) "Commitment in Challenging Times". This initiative provides site safety performance during temporary high production demand.
What the judges say: “Very well designed in difficult conditions, a study of continuous improvement. Not a good news story but ranks highly in engaging a slightly disillusioned workforce. Concrete facts and figures, scored very high in well communicated messages.”
Contact: Pat McCartin, EHS Director
Product Stewardship Award from Accenture*
"Safechem Chemical Leasing Model: unlocking the potential of Circular Economy”. This business model addresses all aspects of the life cycle to optimise resource efficiency. Read more.
Contact: Camille Vicier, Sustainability Manager
Energy Efficiency Category
HCS Group (DE) : "New energy concept at the Haltermann Carless site at Speyer"
HCS and GETEC heat & power AG joined forces to seek a solution. HCS identified a potential use for unused vent gas produced during the storage and transfer of naphtha into tanks at its Speyer site in Germany. The gas is highly calorific but has a fluctuating calorific value.
HCS and GETEC heat & power AG joined forces to seek a solution.
GETEC found it by developing ‘cutting edge’ burner technology that integrated the vent gas in the combustion process for a thermal oil plant - the heart of HCS’s investment. The technology eliminates thermal post-combustion of the vent gas and saves heating oil previously used as a supplementary fuel. From contract signing to initial commissioning took just 15 months and the thermal oil plant was built in four months. The project also features a new boiler house and energy centre.
Endura Spa (IT): "Synergies for a circular economy"
Endura is a privately owned, Bologna-based, SME active in synergists and active ingredients for household insecticides, fine chemicals and specialities. It is the world’s leading producer of synthetic synergist piperonyl butoxide (PBO).
Adopting a ‘circular economy’ approach Endura modified a process enabling raw material recovery and recycling. The project moved from pilot-scale (5-10kg) to industrial scale (20 tonnes load) in 20 months.Key benefits include a two-thirds reduction in waste (pre-project Endura produced 1 tonne of waste for every 3 tonnes of finished product; post-project 1 tonne of waste is produced for every 10 tonnes of finished product).Waste transport to treatment plants was also cut by two-thirds and recovered zinc salt is now sold to galvanising industry consortium Sanimet in Brescia, north Italy. The 90% reduction in zinc chloride waste management equals a 20% cut in total waste costs.