Our sustainability efforts are based on enabling better lives for more people, in ways that are safe and have a lower impact on our planet.
Our commitment extends from the engineering and manufacturing of our own products to helping customers improve the footprint of theirs. It includes making the supply chain safer and more sustainable, too. So we work with customers and partners worldwide to promote safe production, transportation, handling, and use of our chemicals.
A few examples:
Construction is rising in cities – 97 skyscrapers were completed in 2014, the most ever in a single year.
Using Ti-Pure™ Select TS-6300 in place of a universal titanium dioxide can shrink the carbon footprint of paints used in buildings by 20% or more.
The number of households worldwide is growing proportionally faster than the global population.
Opteon™ low global warming air potential (GWP) refrigerants, made with innovative hydrofluoroolefin (HFO) chemistry, can help reduce household CO2 emissions in air conditioning and refrigeration applications.
China's expanding middle class could drive a 25% increase in demand for gold by 2017.
Safer management of cyanide, from production through disposal, supports producing more gold with less risk.
Titanium Technologies: Enabling Improvements for Customers and End Users
Titanium Technologies works closely with customers to improve performance and extend product life while reducing materials and energy used in manufacturing. We combine formulation capability and market knowledge to help customers improve existing coatings, plastics, laminates, and paper products and develop new ones.
14% Longer Life
Product research and development activities yielded a new pigment design with increased durability for extending paint life. Using the new Ti-Pure™ TS-6200 vs. Ti-Pure™ R-960 in industrial paint applications can extend paint life by 14% in outdoor exposure conditions.
28% Increase in Paint Wall Coverage
Using Ti-Pure™ Select TS-6300 to replace universal grade titanium dioxide in a styrene acrylic flat paint formula enables 28% more wall area to be covered by the same amount of paint.
Chemours Titanium Technologies continuously strives to improve our operational efficiency, safety, and energy and resource use. Recent upgrades at our facilities include:
Cogeneration of electricity and steam at our newly expanded Altamira, Mexico, plant
On-site chlorine and caustic production at our Johnsonville, Tennessee, plant
Renewable methane gas from a local landfill is used as fuel to power a site boiler at the DeLisle, Mississippi, plant
Responsibility is in the details, and over the past several decades, energy efficiency improvement programs implemented at all our plant sites have resulted in our operations using 30% less energy to make every pound of titanium dioxide we produce today.
Our Starke, Florida, mineral mine follows responsible mining practices by protecting endangered species and returning mined land to productive use as forests, wetlands, and wildlife habitats when mining activities are completed. In addition, we hold our suppliers of titanium ore to responsible mining standards.
Fluoroproducts: More Sustainable Products and Processes
The Chemours Fluoroproducts business is evolving its products to maintain their unique performance while reducing their environmental footprint. Our business was a founding member of the FluoroCouncil, an industry group that supports a global transition towards alternative chemistries.
For example, we have introduced short-chain chemistry, which cannot break down to perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) in the environment, across our fluoropolymers businesses. Chemours does not make, buy, or use PFOA in any of our products or processes worldwide.
We continue to work with regulatory agencies at the national and international level to ensure science-based regulation and, with our value chains, to promote the responsible development and use of fluoroproducts.
Perhaps the most important evolution in our business has come from evolving our chemistry.
For example, new Teflon EcoElite™, a bio-based, renewably sourced fabric additive, offers similar water repellency performance as conventional Teflon™ finishes in outdoor wear.
In our fluorochemicals business, Opteon™ YF is a refrigerant for mobile air conditioning with comparable cooling power as previous generations of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), but made using new HFO chemistry.
As a result, it has a global warming potential (GWP) of less than 1, a 99.9% reduction compared to the current alternative, R-134a. We expect HFO technology, including Opteon™, to be in over 18 million vehicles by the end of 2016.
Beyond vehicles, the use of low GWP, high efficiency Opteon™ blends extends to stationary applications including air conditioning, refrigeration, and high-temperature heat pumps.
Enabling Improvements for Customers
An important part of our sustainability and stewardship effort goes towards improving products and processes for our customers. For example, Chemours Fluoroproducts makes:
Firefighting foam surfactants that protect lives and limit environmental impacts
Stain-resistant clothing that requires less frequent replacement
Durable films that help keep solar panels in service longer
Chemical Solutions: Safety and Control for Challenging Processes
The Chemours Chemical Solutions business is focused on the safe management of potentially hazardous materials and processes that are required for a range of energy, mining, and manufacturing businesses. We continuously improve safety standards across all our products, including:
Sodium cyanide delivery, which incorporates integrated safety management from our plant, for use at gold and silver mines
Glypure™ glycolic acid, which stimulates cellular activity for use in unparalleled skin, hair, and nail care products
Vazo™ chemical initiators from Chemours, which provide efficient initiation of many chemical reactions
Responsible Manufacturing and Operations
Chemours production facilities are certified under the American Chemical Council’s Responsible Care Management System or ISO 14001. We continuously strive to improve our operational efficiency and safety while working to reduce our footprint.
In 2013, our Beaumont, Texas, chemical plant modified an environmental treatment process to use excess steam, which was previously vented. This efficiency project reduced the need for natural gas fuel in the plant’s boilers, cut total energy use at the facility by 15%, and eliminated 5,400 tons/year of CO2 emissions.
Our Chemical Emergency Response Team consists of experts trained in hazardous materials handling and disposal. They advise customers about safety throughout the product and production life cycle. They also conduct training for police, firefighters, and other first responders, and are on call for emergencies both within and outside Chemours.
Chemours Stewardship and Community Engagement
Across our businesses, unused acreage at plant sites are used as wildlife habitats and for educational outreach in our communities.
Facilities that include wildlife habitats are: Washington Works, West Virginia; Chambers Works, New Jersey; and Newport, Delaware. Washington Works has the additional certification as a Corporate Lands for Learning designation by the Wildlife Habitat Council, a Maryland, U.S.-based nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the quality and amount of wildlife habitat on corporate, private, and public lands. To date, we have certified over 9,000 acres and engaged nearly 400 volunteers and school-age students as part of our efforts.