Clear environmental principles
We consistently take responsibility for our actions and minimize the environmental impact associated with our products and services. We give attention to the protection of resources and to the minimization of emissions.
Despite our high safety standards, potential events such as fire, explosions or the release of substances cannot be entirely 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 this potential risk, we have taken appropriate safety precautions. Among them there are: action plans, alarm systems, extinguishing systems and collecting devices for fire extinguishing water and leaked chemicals.
In addition, the 42-member fire department of CHT Germany GmbH, which has been in place at the Dusslingen site since 1986, was officially recognized as a fully operational plant fire department on January 1, 2022. The colleagues work in 3 shifts to ensure the shortest possible response times to be able to guarantee hazard prevention, the legally required demand for the highest level of safety at the site and the constantly increasing requirements in fire protection.
The production of chemical products and their 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 implemented to determine measures for reducing environmental effects. For evaluation purposes they were recorded in relation to the total volume of all products produced. The total production volume in 2022 was 195,373 metric tons. Compared to 2021 (218,241 tons), the quantity produced decreased by 10.5 %. In 2021, the CHT Group benefited significantly from the catch-up effect across a wide range of industries. This did not continue in 2022. The increase in the price of energy (natural gas) in Europe as a result of the war in Ukraine, as well as declines in demand due to a slowdown in the economy over the course of the year and several lockdowns in China, led to a significant reduction in production volumes in 2022.
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 supports national “Zero Discharge” efforts.