Water

Protecting water supplies and using them responsibly.

Water covers 71% of our planet and makes up two-thirds of our bodies. And it's a part of everything we do at Chemours. That's why we're committed to treating it responsibly, not just because water is essential to our business, but because it's essential to our lives, our communities, and our planet.

Chemours 2030 Goal: Reduce air and water process emissions of fluorinated organic chemicals by 99% or greater. UNSDGs 6, 9, 12, 14, 17.

At Chemours, we recognize our responsibility to protect water supplies and use them wisely. Our neighbors and surrounding communities expect us to treat our shared water with respect by minimizing impacts from our manufacturing operations. For us this means going beyond our legal and regulatory requirements to address local community expectations now and in the future.

Chemours is a global market leader in fluoroproducts, and we take seriously our obligation to manage these compounds in a responsible and safe manner. As the global market leader, our expertise in this chemistry is unmatched, and no one is in a better place than Chemours to take a leadership position, by creating an industry-leading emissions control model for the future.

We will do this by completing comprehensive sustainability assessments at each of our manufacturing facilities, measuring their performance against all our 2030 Corporate Responsibility Commitment goals. These assessments help us identify new opportunities and take action towards meeting this goal of reducing air and water emissions of fluorinated organic chemicals, advance our climate goals, and identify further opportunities to improve the performance of our manufacturing operations. We plan to complete initial assessments at all our global sites between now and the end of 2021. After the initial assessment is completed at a site, we will survey it annually to monitor its progress acting on the identified improvement ideas.

A proof point of this goal is already underway at our Fayetteville Works facility in North Carolina.

Chemours is a leading company in fluoroproducts, and we take seriously our obligation to manage these compounds in a responsible and safe manner. As the global market leader, our expertise in this chemistry is unmatched, and no one is in a better place than Chemours to take a leadership position by creating an industry-leading emissions control model for the future.

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Case Study

Fayetteville Works Plant

When the community around the Fayetteville Works plant first expressed concerns about our emissions, we responded quickly and took significant actions, including capturing our wastewater to reduce our discharges and installing carbon adsorption units to reduce our air emissions.

We deployed a dedicated team of highly skilled scientists and engineers, including outside experts, to design specialized, long-term solutions and are investing over $100 million to make our Fayetteville Works plant a world-class emissions control facility.

The investment includes an array of state-of-the-art emission-control technology, including a thermal oxidizer, a thermolysis reactor, and other technology, which in combination achieve an overall 99% reduction of air and water emissions of C3 dimer acid and other per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance compounds. We expect Fayetteville to reach this goal by the end of 2019.

Fayetteville Works Plant

An infographic describing water use and water consumed.

At Chemours, we monitor our water use and aim to further improve our water management practices and make the most efficient use of this resource, paying close attention to water availability needs in regions where we operate.

Beginning in 2017, we took a first step in our management plan to conduct a risk analysis on all site watersheds, using the World Resources Institute's Aqueduct tool. This process will help us better understand the demands on water where we operate, across our manufacturing, research, and office locations. The output from this analysis will guide us in developing water stewardship plans for each of our manufacturing sites, starting first with the sites most at risk for watershed stress. The stewardship plans will consider all water users in the watershed, evaluate water needs, and identify opportunities to improve recycling/conservation efforts as well as water quantity and quality in the watershed. As we learn more while we develop our water stewardship plans, we may refine our goal to also address water quantity.

To learn more about our Corporate Responsibility Commitment and 2030 goals, we invite you to download our full report.

Read more about our 2030 Corporate Responsibility Commitment goals.

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