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Coke, GM Boost Revenue, Benefit the Environment by Leasing Chemicals

Major companies including Coca-Cola, Ecolab, Carlsberg, Henkel, Ikea and General Motors are leasing chemicals instead of buying them, boosting their profits and benefiting the environment, the Guardian reports. Chemical leasing — a business model promoted by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization — encourages companies to improve their operational efficiency … Read more »

Report: Steel Trucks Better for Environment than Aluminum

Report: Steel Trucks Better for Environment than Aluminum

Advanced high-strength steels have a lighter impact on the environment than aluminum in light-duty trucks and SUVs, according to two new case studies released by WorldAutoSteel. The case studies examined the effect various automotive materials can have on total life cycle greenhouse gas emissions. The studies used the Automotive Materials … Read more »

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Chemical Giants Publish Environmental Footprint Guide

Major chemical companies including AkzoNobel, BASF and Eastman Chemical, working with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, have published a guide to help chemical industry customers and stakeholders use more sustainable products. The guide, Life Cycle Metrics for Chemical Products, is the result of a collaboration between leading chemical … Read more »

Coke, General Mills Cut Costs with Product Sustainability

Coke, General Mills Cut Costs with Product Sustainability

Product sustainability cuts costs for companies including Coke and General Mills, according to a report by consulting firm Pure Strategies. According to the report, product sustainability goals are the most common best practice among “performing” companies that say they have achieved widespread financial and organizational benefits from their programs. Ninety-seven percent … Read more »

Henkel Beauty Care Launches More Sustainable Aerosol Packaging

Henkel and Ball have launched a new, lighter weight industrial aluminum aerosol can for the popular beauty care brand, Fa.   Ball manufactures the new, lighter extruded aluminum can using recycled aluminum to create a metal alloy that exhibits increased strength and allows lightweighting of the container without affecting package … Read more »

Clariant Joins Sustainability Organization

Clariant is now part of Together for Sustainability (TfS), an organization seeking to improve sustainability practices within the supply chains of the chemical industry. Clariant becomes the eighth member in the initiative with AkzoNobel, BASF, Bayer, Evonik Industries, Henkel, Lanxess and Solvay. The joint operations of global supplier assessments and … Read more »

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Lightweighting Is Auto Industry’s ‘Best Bet to Achieve CAFE Standard’

Lightweighting is the automotive industry’s best bet to achieve the 2025 corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standard, according to Chuck Evans, corporate vice president at Henkel’s automotive group. The US standard raises the average fuel economy of cars and light-duty trucks to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. In his … Read more »

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BASF, Bayer Among Chemical Firms Pushing Supply Chain Sustainability

Chemical companies BASF, Bayer, Evonik Industries, Henkel, Lanxess and Solvay have concluded their first year of piloting sustainability assessments and audits in global supply chains. The companies’ joint initiative, Together for Sustainability (TfS), aims to develop and implement a global supplier engagement program that assesses and improves chemical sustainability sourcing … Read more »

Henkel Sustainability Report: Water Consumption Cut 2.5%

Henkel Sustainability Report: Water Consumption Cut 2.5%

Chemical manufacturing company Henkel reduced its water consumption by almost 2.5 percent and cut its wastewater production by over 3.75 percent year-on-year, according to the company’s latest sustainability report. In 2011, Henkel used 7.9 million m3 of water and produced 3.6 million m3 of wastewater. These metrics dropped to 7.7 … Read more »

Shell, Exxon, Orlen Top SIN Chemical Producers List

Shell, Exxon, Orlen Top SIN Chemical Producers List

Oil companies Shell, ExxonMobil, Orlen and Total introduced the largest number of hazardous chemicals to the EU market, according to information released by the European Chemicals Agency following a lawsuit by NGO ChemSec and legal advocacy group ClientEarth. ChemSec published the names of the companies that produce or import the … Read more »

US Firms Lead Way in Sustainability Yearbook 2013

US Firms Lead Way in Sustainability Yearbook 2013

Nine US-based companies including Molson Coors, Alcoa, Sonoco Products, Herman Miller and UnitedHealth Group have been awarded gold medals for sustainability practices in RobecoSAM and KPMG’s Sustainability Yearbook 2013. This places the US higher than any other country in the rankings. The gold medal-winning US companies also include Baxter International and Waste Management – … Read more »