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.
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 2019. For example, we are considering reusing cooling water through recirculation. The replacement of old central heating systems is also on the agenda for 2019.
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, Plant Manager
Own water purification
The total CO₂ emissions of BRB International in 2018 was 962 tonnes. This amounts to approximately 6,7 tonnes per employee. The majority of emissions is caused by air travel, followed by gas consumption and other business transport. As last year was our first report and not yet all emission data was available to us, this year we have been able to add all data for two of our locations. This gives us a more realistic view of energy consumption and emissions, but makes it harder for us to measure our improvements over the last year, since we would be comparing different scopes. Still, total emissions are reduced by 79 tonnes CO₂, which is 0,8 tonnes CO₂ per employee.
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.
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