Environmental Health & Safety

Sabic Releases Sustainability Report

By Chemical Processing Staff

May 04, 2016

The Sabic Sustainability Report 2015, entitled Enabling Tomorrow’s Solutions, features the company’s sustainability efforts throughout the world. The report covers resource and energy efficiency; innovation and sustainability solutions; EHSS and product safety; supply chain; human capital, and social impacts and community relationships.

The report features a CO2 purification plant that opened last year at United, a Sabic affiliate in Saudi Arabia. The new facility can reportedly capture and purify up to 500,000 metric tons of CO2 from the production of ethylene glycol every year. The purified CO2 is channeled through a network to other Sabic affiliates, where it is used in the production of products such as urea for agricultural nutrients, liquefied CO2 for the food and beverage industry and methanol. The network enables Sabic to maximize resource efficiency by enabling integration between multiple sites, according to the company.

Sabic continues progress to meet resource and energy efficiency goals throughout its global operations, according to the company: reducing energy consumption, greenhouse gas (GHG) and water intensities by 25% and material loss intensity by 50% from 2010 levels by 2025. Sabic’s global utilization of CO2 as a feedstock increased to 3.3 million metric tons, helping to reduce material loss intensity by 29% since 2010. Over the same period, GHG emissions intensity decreased by 7.8%, energy intensity by 8.1% and water intensity by 11%, according to the company.

Sabic created a demonstration house for its Home of Innovation initiative designed to achieve a net-zero energy balance in the demanding conditions of the Saudi Arabian desert. Sabic also qualified 23 new sustainability products. With innovation hubs in five key regions – the USA, Western Europe, Saudi Arabia, Southeast Asia and Northeast Asia, the company’s total patent portfolio filings grew to a new high of 10,960 in 2015, according to Sabic.  Sabic also saw a reduction in the EHSS incident rate by 30% percent to reach 0.48 toward its 2025 goal of 0.25 incidents for every 200,000 hours worked. Hazardous substance chemical release incidents fell by 36% and the volume of accidental releases by more than 92%, according to the company.

For more information, visit: www.sabic.com/sustainability