CHT Sustainability Report 2020

Ecology

Principles for the environmental policy

We consistently take responsibility for our actions and minimize the environmental impact associated with our products and services. We pay attention to the protection of resources and to the minimization of emissions.

Environmental risks

Despite the high safety standards, events such as fire, explosions or the release of substances cannot be generally excluded. Depending on the type of event, the air, soil and water may be polluted. Under very unfavorable circumstances, this can also affect people and the environment.

In line with the risk potential, we have taken appropriate safety precautions. Among them there are: alarm plans, alarm systems, extinguishing systems and collecting devices for fire extinguishing water and leaked chemicals.

Environmental effects

The production of chemical products and processes consumes raw materials, energy and water. Emissions are released into the air, wastewater and waste materials are produced. The systematic recording of all emissions was started in order to be able to determine measurements to reduce environmental effects. For evaluation purposes they were recorded in relation to the total amount of all produced ready-made and intermediate products. The total production volume in 2020 amounted to 178,021 tonnes. In comparison to 2019 (196,563 tonnes) the production volume decreased by 7.8 %. This decline was caused by the lockdowns in the wake of the Covid 19 pandemic, which resulted in the shutdown of production facilities and industrial plants worldwide, mainly in the months of March to June 2020. CHT Group was able to at least partially offset the decline through the short-term production of disinfectants and the increasing demand for chemical products in the medical textiles sector.

Protected areas

We pay attention to sensitive ecosystems and protected areas which are in the sphere of influence of our facilities. Our site in Piracaia, Brazil, is located within a water protection area, we therefore only manufacture products whose production is approved there and which will not have a negative impact on the water quality in the surrounding area. Thus, the water from the production area is completely cleaned, treated and returned to the water circuit of the production plant. CHT Group also practices this in other locations, such as Pakistan and India, where it primarily supports national “Zero Discharge” efforts.

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