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Long-term sustainability

The new Ningbo site has undergone a complete eco-efficiency analysis and is a prime example of how we approach our activities. For example, as well as committing to eco-efficient product development and improving our processes, we’ve also put a clear emphasis on safety and the long-term sustainability of our sites. We’re one of the frontrunners in the company for carrying out sustainability checks for all our current products and processes. In the past we only looked at our own process, but now we want to look at the entire chain. So we’ll be looking at our suppliers and customers and comparing our total environmental impact with competing products. This should tell us where we are strong and where we need to improve in order to be more sustainable longer term.

One particular achievement during the year was winning the internal AkzoNobel Sustainability Award in recognition of our eco-efficient operations. Three of our main product areas were highlighted – Dissolvine GL, a chelate which produces no phosphate in effluent; Peridur, a cellulosic material which can be used to reduce energy consumption in the production of steel; and Ferrazone, a chelating agent which adds minerals to food.

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