Doing business with minimal environmental impact
We do not want to operate while neglecting the impact of our business at the environment and biodiversity. The mapping of our CO2 footprint therefore makes it clear to us where our ambitions for sustainability should lie. In 2017 we have already started a number of reduction measures with regard to our energy consumption and CO2 emissions. Partly because of this, the entire organization has switched to green electricity.
We want to reduce our footprint and our energy and clean water consumption. Our own waste water purification system ensures that the waste water at the production sites is clean enough to be drained via the sewer system. However, we can still take steps to reduce the consumption of clean water. The plan is to investigate this more thoroughly in 2018. For example, we are considering reusing cooling water through recirculation. The replacement of old central heating systems is also on the agenda for 2018.
Furthermore, we continue to search for the most environmentally friendly raw materials and products that are available on the market. In addition, we want to look at renewable raw materials. Where possible, we make more sustainable choices. The share of bio-based products within our range is still very limited at the moment. However, we can well imagine that customer demand and opportunities in the market will increase in the future. We therefore keep a close eye on the market trends.
“At BRB International we want to successfully produce in a sustainable manner for our customers, our people and the environment, with profit as a result for everyone.”
Quote by Roel Henskens, Plantmanager
Own water purification
The total CO2 emissions of BRB International in 2017 was 1041 tonnes. This amounts to approximately 7.5 tonnes per employee. The majority of this is caused by air travel, followed by gas consumption and other business transport.
Sustainability of our products
Lubricant additives contribute to an environmental friendly climate by providing meaningful benefits. The improvement of fuel economy has become one of the key drivers for lubricant technology. By using lower viscosity oils, which perform better at lower temperatures, lubricant additives are key enablers for meeting the demands of both consumers and legislators regarding fuel economy improvement. In addition, additives play a direct role in reducing CO2 emissions because of their ability to reduce smoke, making the vehicle fleets more environmentally friendly.
Furthermore, additives play a direct role in maintaining engine performance throughout the drain interval and in protecting engine parts. Additives extend the oil’s lifespan and that of engine components, lengthening the overall engine reliability and lifetime. Therefore, the additive packages ensure the reduction of fuel and oil consumption.
Silicones are a versatile family of synthetic materials, which help increase efficiency of various products. They do so by increasing product lifespan and reducing energy consumption and water use over the total lifespan of the product. This in turn reduces the carbon footprint of those products during the silicones’ life cycle. Silicones are an enabler of energy saving technologies, such as solar panels and of a more efficient use of energy and materials in common applications, such as fiber glass coatings. The largest greenhouse gas emission reductions are seen in automotive, construction and solar energy applications.