DSM has been selected as the winner of the environment category at this year’s CEFIC European Responsible Care Awards. The award recognizes DSM’s success in implementing a sustainability programme at its Dalry facility located on the west coast of Scotland, which is the only producer of vitamin C in the Western world and also manufactures vitamin B5.
Robert Ivatt (Sustainability Programme Director) and Graeme Weir (Site Director) attended a banquet dinner organized by the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC) in Brussels, Belgium, to collect the prestigious award on behalf of DSM Dalry.
As part of the initiative, DSM introduced a structured programme that set clear environmental targets for the 4 year period through to 2015. The areas of focus for DSM included reducing emissions and non-hazardous landfill waste and improving energy efficiency and waste use.
Based on 2010 data for the Dalry site, the sustainability programme introduced by DSM has had a significant impact. The targets set were achieved and even exceeded in some areas. For example, nutrient rich organic effluent sludge was recycled for use in land restoration and agriculture; reducing landfill waste by 90%. Similarly, DSM lowered its electrical consumption by eliminating its redundant equipment and ensuring all systems were in a good state of repair.
The initiatives at DSM’s Dalry site form part of its ongoing commitment to working to create a more sustainable business. Through its Quality for Life principles, DSM assures its customers that its vitamin B5 and vitamin C production is safe and meets expectations in terms of quality, reliability, traceability and sustainability.