Eastman Chemical Increases Focus on Sustainable Innovation

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Over a decade ago, the National Research Council (NRC) identified areas where the chemical industry could advance sustainability. These included education, green chemistry and engineering, life cycle assessment, renewable fuels and chemical feedstock, toxicology, energy intensity of chemical processing, and separation and utilization of CO2. While the chemical industry has made significant progress in the ensuing years, those identified needs continue to remain relevant today.

Eastman Chemical Company has achieved continual improvement in its sustainability profile through a focused pursuit of its sustainability strategy and goals. Eastman has now released its 2016 sustainability report titled “Leadership. Innovation. Impact.” The report highlights growing focus on innovation, particularly in areas where innovation and sustainability intersect, continued environmental stewardship, and strengthened collaborations to drive positive change.

Through collaboration between the Corporate Innovation and Corporate Sustainability teams, Eastman is developing a framework to be used across innovation platforms to assess the potential sustainability impacts of a product at the earliest stage of identifying opportunities and applications. By 2015, the company completed representative Life Cycle Assessments for 54 product families that have been commercialized since 2010. There have been 78 product family launches since then for a 69 percent completion rate.

Environmental

Through 2015, Eastman improved energy intensity by eight percent compared to the 2008 baseline. The GHG intensity during the year was 0.90, a decrease of 12 percent compared to the baseline. Over the last two years, the company has converted three boilers at its domestic sites from coal to natural gas combustion.

In 2015, compared to the baseline, Nitrogen Oxide emissions were 10,922 tons, a decrease of one percent; sulfur dioxide emissions were 18,663 tons, a decrease of 18 percent; and Volatile Organic Compound emissions were 7,865 tons, a decrease of four percent.

Social

Eastman maintained a strong commitment to an incident and injury free workplace with continued goals and tracking. Since its introduction of the ALL IN FOR SAFETY initiative in 2012, the company has enhanced its approach to safety. Through 2015, Eastman increased utilization of preventive services in North America by 14 percent against its currently stated goal.

Through Eastman Wellness, it reminds employees to take advantage of the Eastman health plan benefits with preventive services being covered at 100 percent. It also collaborates with local health service providers in communities where the company has a presence, to offer on-site services and screenings for the employees.

Eastman Chemical Company has been honored with a Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award recognizing the Best Places to Work in 2016. The company also celebrates its fifth consecutive ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award in 2016.

Source: 3BL Media