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 NOVA Chemicals’ Corunna, Ontario site, the company is turning to natural gas liquids as a way to support growing North American demand for its products and to position the facility for long-term competitiveness. This change, along with process improvements, is expected to significantly reduce the plant’s emissions of sulphur and nitrogen oxides (key air pollutants), and carbon dioxide (a greenhouse gas).
The company’s recently completed Corunna Revamp Project marks a transformational milestone in the facility’s 37-year history. When the plant started up in 1977, the Corunna site was North America’s first fully integrated refinery and petrochemical complex, operating entirely on crude-oil based feedstock. Today, NOVA Chemicals is the first petrochemical company to use Marcellus Shale ethane as feedstock and the Corunna site is able to process up to 100 per cent natural gas liquids.
By switching to lighter, ethane-based feedstock, NOVA Chemicals is expected to realize significant improvements in their industrial greenhouse gas emissions with a forecasted 25 per cent reduction in emissions compared to 2010 levels.
Construction for the project was completed by Sarnia-region building tradespeople, and more than 75 per cent of the exchangers, drums and equipment for the project were fabricated locally. The project’s Joint Health and Safety Committee also received Ontario’s prestigious John M. Beck Award for outstanding safety performance and demonstrated leadership in a major construction initiative.
The $250 million project at the Corunna facility, and the associated Genesis Pipeline, are essential elements of the NOVA 2020 growth strategy – the company’s long-term asset strategy. With upgrades that are both responsible and sustainable, the Corunna site is an important foundation for NOVA Chemicals to capitalize on new feedstock sources and meet expanding customer demands, all while living up to its commitments as a Responsible Care® company.
For more information: NOVA Chemicals.