Croda International, the name behind high performance ingredients and technologies, has received an NYSCC Award for the Most Innovative Use of Green Chemistry at the Future of Sustainability conference, which took place in February.
The company was recognised for its new 100 percent bio-based eco range of ingredients. This range will enable customers to meet their goals of delivering 100 percent renewable, high-performance products to consumers while reducing the reliance on fossil fuels. These ethoxylates will be used across the multiple industries Croda serves, including personal care.
The NYSCC honoured the top supplier and the top finished goods house in each of three different aspects of sustainability, including:
- 1.Most Sustainable Product
- 2.Best Use of Green Chemistry
- 3.Most Sustainable Company.
The winner in each category was chosen by a panel of graduate students in a blind evaluation.
A holistic approach
Presenting on sustainability and ingredient integrity, Croda focused on its holistic approach to ingredient development and sustainable manufacturing practices. The need for uniform values throughout the entire supply chain was also discussed combined with increasing demand for third party verification of compliance, and how all these issues are supporting the drive for innovation.
Chris Sayner, Croda’s vice president of customer alliances and corporate sustainability, comments: ‘It is great to receive this award and recognition of the sustainability credentials of our bio-based eco chemistry.’
Sustainability track record
Croda has a longstanding commitment to investing in sustainability and putting innovation into action. The company uses renewable raw materials and environmentally sensitive processes to help improve the sustainable credentials of end products.
Around 70 percent of Croda’s raw materials come from renewable sources, far above the average of its peers. The company’s Atlas Point site in New Castle, USA has experienced this commitment to sustainability through a number of other recent investments.
In 2013, Croda invested US$2.3 million in solar panels, which generate five percent of the site’s electricity. In 2012, Croda invested US$8 million in a renewable energy project that uses landfill gas to generate electricity and steam. The results of this project reduced Croda’s annual CO2 emissions by 11 600t. Combined, these projects now generate more than 60 percent of the site’s energy.
The aggregate CO2 reductions since then are the equivalent of taking 18 000 cars off the road for a year. Also in 2012, Atlas Point achieved a 78 percent reduction in landfill waste by increasing the use of solid waste as fuel and furthering recycling opportunities.