In the early 1990s, CIAC began collecting data that clearly showed Responsible Care® was working – a pattern of continuous improvement that is still evident today. Workplace safety has improved dramatically; since 1992, CIAC members have reduced the number of injuries and illnesses at their facilities by 60 per cent. Members have also substantially reduced their environmental footprint – a unit of Canadian chemical product is now manufactured with 87 per cent fewer emissions than in 1992. Today, CIAC member-companies are pushing themselves even further, by finding innovative ways to make their operations more sustainable. Below you’ll find examples of how they’re doing just that.
At Jungbunzlauer Canada’s manufacturing site in Port Colborne, Ontario the company is doing its part to make waterways cleaner by reducing the nitrate (NO3) ion discharged in the process effluent.
Although the amount of nitrate ion discharged in the process effluent is not regulated, as a Responsible Care® company, Jungbunzlauer – one of the world's leading producers of natural and nature-identical biodegradable ingredients – takes extra care to reduce the nitrogen released to the receiving waters because “it’s the right thing to do”, says Ryan Waines, Environmental Manager at Jungbunzlauer Canada Inc.
The company’s Port Colborne facility’s on-site wastewater treatment plant already biologically treats all of the waste streams from the manufacturing of its citric acid products through a nitrification process. But Jungbunzlauer takes the treatment process one step further.
By adding a step called “de-nitrification”, the company significantly reduces the amount of nitrate ion being discharged back into the receiving waters. Since 2003, this extra step has enabled the company to successfully reduce the amount of nitrate ion in their process effluent by 35 per cent.
For more information: Jungbunzlauer Canada .