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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 ourCO₂ footprint therefore makes it clear to us where our ambitions for sustainability should lie.
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Our ambitions:
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. For example, our goal is to reuse cooling water through recirculation. In that way addition of new water won’t be necessary anymore because of a closed cooling system. We aim to realize this in 2020. The replacement of old central heating systems is also on the agenda for 2020.
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.

“BRB is active in the chemical industry. Sustainability is a key factor in our business. We as BRB have to consider sustainability in all our actions and behavior in order to support the environment, our customers and our people not only today but also in the future!”

Quote by Tom Caris, COO


Green Electricity


Own water purification

Used pallets

2019: 83%
2018: 76%

Social return

Emission inventory

The total CO₂ emissions of BRB International in 2019 was 1.083 tonnes. This amounts to approximately 7,5 tonnes per employee. Related to reference year 2017 our footprint increased with 4% while our production grew with 17%. The majority of emissions is caused by air travel, followed by gas consumption and other business transport. As in 2017 not yet all emission data was available the footprint was partly based on estimations. From 2018 on we have been able to collect more actual data which gives us a more realistic view of energy consumption and emissions each year. Still we have to take this into account while comparing the results over the years.


1.083 tonnes CO2


    1.041 tonnes CO2


      962 tonnes CO2

        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.
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        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.


        Waste by category 

        Related to our production data, our total waste amount in 2018 showed a slightly bigger growth than our production (less than 1%). In 2019 however, our production grew with 17% and our total waste amount with 6%, both with reference year 2017.


        Total waste 327,6 ton


          Total waste 307,7 ton


            Total waste 296,5 ton

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