Doing business with minimal environmental impact
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
Own water purification
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
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