SWITZERLAND: Clariant is the only chemical industry partner present at the Umwelt Arena (Environment Arena), the first Swiss competence center for environmental technology, which is now open in Spreitenbach.
Clariant is showcasing how chemistry supports modern mankind by making daily life more comfortable, safe, and environmentally compatible, according to the company.
“Our engagement in the Umwelt Arena is a clear commitment to Switzerland as our corporate domicile and to a singular lighthouse project with international recognition. In the framework of this European pioneer activity, we want to demonstrate that sustainability is an integral part of our corporate policy. Only companies that manage their business sustainably and conduct themselves in a responsible manner can achieve operational success in the long term,” said Hariolf Kottmann, CEO.
At the Umwelt Arena, there are separate stations in which Clariant will demonstrate examples of how chemistry supports mankind by making their daily life more comfortable, safe, and environmentally compatible. Products involved include Velsan SC, which is fully biodegradable, produces no waste, has Ecocert certification and is used in creams, lotions and shampoos.
Clariant has published its 2020 environmental targets in its 2011 sustainability report. Based on reference values for 2005, the following goals have been set: reduction in energy consumption by 30%, direct CO2 emissions by 45%, direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions by 35%, water consumption by 25%, waste-water production by 40% and waste production by 45%.
The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) has awarded the report an A+ rating.
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