Eastman, Solvay, Niacet lauded by group for health, safety efforts

04 June 2013 23:23  [Source: ICIS news]

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (ICIS)--Eastman Chemical, Solvay America and Niacet were honoured on Tuesday by the American Chemistry Council (ACC) for environmental, health, safety and security performance.

The three companies received Responsible Care Company of the Year awards at the ACC’s annual meeting.

“Through leadership, passion and initiative, these three ACC member companies embody the industry’s commitment to excellence through Responsible Care,” said Cal Dooley, CEO of the ACC. “Their commitment to strong environmental performance, the safety of their workers and the health of the communities in which they operate are a model for the chemical industry as a whole.”

Eastman has been part of the Responsible Care programme for more than 20 years and was named a 2012 and 2013 Energy Star Partner of the Year in recognition of its enhanced energy management program and commitment to continuous improvement. In 2012, Eastman implemented a corporate safety initiative, and that same year its recordable injury rate was the lowest in company history, the ACC said.

Solvay America had met by 2013 its 2020 goals to reduce greenhouse gas and carbon dioxide emissions, air and water emissions, and energy use by 20% and is now establishing new 2020 targets to achieve further reductions, the ACC said.

Niacet has achieved measureable improvements, including reduced environmental pollution, enhanced employee safety and lower costs associated with process emissions, wastewater discharges, waste handling and disposal, the ACC said.

The ACC annual meeting concludes Tuesday in Colorado Springs.

By: Jeremy Pafford
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