10 September 2007 15:59 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS news)--Greenhouse gas emissions from the UK chemicals sector fell by 9% between 2005 and 2006 due to a general decrease in energy uses, an Environment Agency report said on Monday.
The Spotlight on Business 2006 study also showed that 48% of chemical sites had a good A rating for their environmental performance in 2006, up from 42% in 2005.
More then 80% of sites received either an A or B rating.
There was a substantial reduction in chromium and mercury discharges in 2006, with improved operations at INEOS Chlor in Runcorn playing a significant part in mercury reductions.
However, in 2006 the chemicals sector seriously breached its permit conditions 14 times, up from six in 2005. There were also 12 pollution incidents in 2006, no change from the previous three years.
Seven businesses were fined £5,000 ($10,000/€7,000) or more for environmental offences, to a total of £79,000. Most were related to water pollution.
The Environment Agency is working with the chemical sector in implementing the Chemical Sector Plan, which sets out voluntary environmental targets for the industry, it said.
The agency said it expected last year's reductions to continue due to the introduction of the Reach legislation, which came into force in June.
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