Everberg, Belgium - Huntsman Polyurethanes has become the first chemical firm to win a 'Lean and Green' award from Sustainable Logistics Innovation Connekt, it says in a 1 Dec press announcement.
Sustainable Logistics Innovation Connekt is a Dutch network of business and government departments that encourages Netherlands-based companies to operate in a sustainable way when it comes to transport, supply chain and mobility issues.
Launched by the Dutch Ministry of Transport and Public Works, the Lean and Green award scheme recognises enterprises that strive to reduce carbon dioxide emissions through the careful planning, implementation and management of environmentally conscious distribution and logistics strategies.
Huntsman received the award for its commitment to cutting carbon dioxide emissions at its Rozenburg site in Holland. The company has already optimized critical parts of its European supply chain but aims to make further reductions of 5-10 percent by 2012, the announcement added.
"Developing products that help with sustainability issues and monitoring our own impact on the planet is incredibly important to Huntsman," said Max Van der Meer, ceo of Huntsman Holland, in the announcement. "We have numerous EHS (envonmental, health and safety) policies in place and take great pride in operating safe, clean, efficient sites that are managed in an environmentally responsible way.
"The first step in optimising our Rozenburg supply chain was taken back in the 1990s. Today, more than 90 percent of the raw materials we employ arrive on site via a pipeline," he said, explaing that this is a move that has "dramatically reduced our reliance on the road network and cut our carbon footprint."
In addition, "a large proportion of outgoing product now also leaves the site by pipeline heading to a transport terminal in the area, with the remainder sold and transported in bulk," his statement concluded.
Leen Wendels, supply chain manager at Huntsman Holland added: "When it comes to making additional improvements, our current priorities are to collaborate with other chemical companies on shipments and make the most of intermodal transport solutions for all products leaving Rozenburg and headed for European destinations. This means maximizing every road, rail and sea trip.
"We are also looking to improve our site infrastructure. Small changes like moving our truck entrance have the potential to reduce freight movement by up to 25 000 miles per annum (40 000 km)," he said, saying "that's the equivalent of approximately 39 000kg of CO2. We are delighted that our efforts and commitment to future CO2reductions have been recognized with a Lean and Green award," he concluded.