SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Sustainable development and the contribution of the chemical and life sciences industry to a sustainable society are at the heart of essenscia’s mission. The sector is fully aware of its responsibilities ad recognizes the need to protect the environment and health of persons while offering safe and effective products and services.

The chemical industry is making major efforts to develop production processes with a view to sustainable development. It has made dramatic progress in the fields of environmental protection, energy efficiency, health and safety.
What is more, through the Responsible Care programme to which all the CEOs subscribe, the sector is committed to continuously improving its services in these fields. 

essenscia sustainable development report 2015

The report in a nutshell: link pictures and video:

This fourth sustainability report of the chemical, plastics and life sciences industry is exclusively available online in three languages on www.essensciaforsustainability.be.

The report illustrates, on the basis of many examples and good practices, the strong commitment of the industry towards the three most significant pillars of sustainable development: People, Planet and Prosperity. The chapter Products shows that the sector is constantly developing innovative products that bring solutions for the major global challenges our society is facing.

What’s new in the report?

  • A new indicator on resource efficiency clearly shows that the sector is producing more with less raw materials. Since 2005 the production index has increased by 41% whereas the proportion of energy used as a raw material has decreased by 8%.

 

  • The new Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations are stated in the present report when they are related to the indicators used. 

  • The online report makes it easy to share the indicators and the many initiatives of the sector with regard to sustainable development.

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“Sustainable development is a development that meets our present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs.”

Gro Harlem Brundtland