2017 European Responsible Care Awards

“Continuously striving for the highest standards in safety, health and environment is a priority for our industry. We commend this year’s winners for their efforts and innovative approaches to challenging best practices and finding ways for our industry to keep raising the bar." Marco Mensink, Cefic Director General

Environment Responsibility Award

AkzoNobel (NL)

Inspiring innovation through partnerships

AkzoNovel received this award for building an innovative consortia to develop new value chains that enable substantial carbon footprint reductions, while delivering value and reducing risk.

Bio-steam Facility – this 12-year partnership between AkzoNobel, Eneco and Groningen Seaports saw a biomass power plant converted into a cogeneration or combined heat and power (CHP) plant at AkzoNobel’s Delfzijl facilities. It also included the construction of a 2.5km steam pipeline and infrastructure investments. Today two-thirds of steam used in the Delfzijl Chemical Park is carbon free.

Green Hydrogen Buses – AkzoNobel joined Groningen Seaports, Groningen Province, the local transport authority, a refuelling station operator and a bus company to develop a zero emission public transport system where green hydrogen has replaced diesel-powered buses.

Waste-to-Chemistry consortium – this project diverts waste from landfill and incineration and converts it to methanol. Initiated by AkzoNobel, this consortium spans the value chain and includes industry leaders, city and regional governments and a local Innovation Quarter. When operational, the new facility will produce up to 220,000 tons of methanol from approximately 360,000 tons of waste.

Wind Consortium – AkzoNobel teamed up with DSM, Google and Philips to source wind power in a corporate Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). The long-term agreement will jointly source 0.5 TWh a year from two wind parks, equivalent to the total annual consumption of 140,000 Dutch households. This saves 325,000 tons of emissions per year from power generation (average mix in Netherlands).

Occupational Health, Process Safety and Security Award

Total Refining & Chemicals (FR)

Health, security and safety kit

Total sees continuous improvement as the basis of its commitment to the Responsible Care® Global Charter. Safety is a core value of Total and the Group is always aiming to improve workers health and safety conditions. During operations and maintenance in its refining and petrochemical plants, Total employees and contractors are often required to work at height, and in confined spaces such as columns, reactors, tanks, boilers or drums.

In France, where falls from height at work account for 22,745 accidents per year in Lost Time Injuries, Total identified a need to develop a new safety kit, one that was portable, rapidly installed and suitable for use in confined spaces. A team of HSE Operational Safety coordinators from three Total Refining and Chemicals platforms developed the NOP bracket, Named for its inventors (Nicolas, Olivier, Patrice), the device attaches directly onto a vertical lateral manhole in order to pull someone quickly out of a confined space in the event of an accident. It is suitable for securing a workstation: the two standard anchor points can be used to position a caving ladder or fall arrest systems. NOP can also be used to convey tools to the right spot. It is lighter, less expensive and faster to install than other existing systems. NOP enables Total to meet regulatory requirements and carry out rescues with fewer personnel, more quickly and in complete safety for all involved.

Following a successful test of the device on Dunkirk Platform at the Total Refining & Chemicals training Oleum Center, NOP was patented. The device won the Total Employees’ Choice Award for internal innovation. In 2017 the first NOP devices were manufactured and are now available for all industrial intervention teams.

Special Award

Solvay SA (BE)

Environmental, health and safety management system

Protecting the environment is part of Solvay’s Sustainable Development policy. Management systems rely on risk analysis, monitoring of performance and compliance, follow-up of the corresponding corrective actions, performance reviews, and improvement plans.

In 2014, Solvay decided to build and progressively implement the Solvay Care Management System (SCMS), its own health, safety and environmental management system to manage all risks. It covers seven areas of risk:

  1. occupational safety,
  2. process safety,
  3. the environment,
  4. industrial hygiene,
  5. occupational health,
  6. product stewardship,
  7. and transport.

The system incorporates the requirements related to the international standards ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 and the Solvay group HSE requirements.

SCMS is designed to be the Group’s reference for all manufacturing sites and R&I centres, and reflects Solvay’s commitment to Responsible Care and the strengthened ICCA Responsible Care Global Charter

Responsible Care is the global chemical industry’s unique initiative to improve health, environmental performance, enhance security, and to communicate with stakeholders about products and processes.

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