No matter where you look, there are discussions taking place about climate change and what that means for the future. You’ll also find discussions about the crucial role the chemical industry must play in the climate discussion if you look closer.
The global challenge of climate change calls for long-term commitment and action by all segments of society, and innovations in chemistry will be crucial to achieving efficient, effective climate change solutions that help enhance sustainability.
According to a report released by the World Economic Forum, the chemical industry can play a crucial role in meeting consumer demand for sustainable products and driving toward a more sustainable, circular, and resilient future.
Chemicals are probably not the first topic to pop up in your head when someone says climate change; but at the same time it’s also clear that we should be doing everything we can to lessen our impact on the environment.
What Are The Environmental Challenges Facing the Chemical Industry?
The chemical industry is faced with many environmental challenges. These include air and soil pollution, effectively eliminating industrial waste, depletion of natural resources, and high energy consumption.
Identifying cost-effective, sustainable solutions that increase productivity is critical to meeting these challenges. Chemical suppliers, such as Qemi International, strive to achieve high production quotas while reducing their ecological footprint.
How Chemical Manufacturing Facilities Can Become More Eco-Friendly
While some of the mentioned challenges cannot be completely eliminated, others can be fully managed.
It won’t be easy, but it is possible. To become more eco-friendly, we don’t have to rely only on technological innovation and capital investments. Sometimes it’s better to go back to the basics.
Use Sustainable Chemicals to Replace Synthetics
Ideally, companies should shift from synthetic chemicals to sustainable chemicals. In addition to being better for business, sustainable chemicals are better for the environment as well. Sustainable chemicals are derived from renewable sources and typically break down easier, while synthetic chemicals facilitate oil and gas production, consume more hydrocarbons, and generate a lot of waste.
At Qemi International, we offer products that use less water and generate less waste. For instance, our Hidrokeeper product is a white, granular water-absorbent polymer powder designed to absorb and retain large quantities of water.
Our product can absorb up to half a liter of distilled water, increasing its weight by up to five hundred times. A gram of Hidrokeeper absorbs, on average, 200–300 millimeters of running water (depending on the salt and mineral content of the soil) in cultivated soil. As a result of its reversible feature, 95% of the retained water will be accessible to the plant’s roots.
Sourcing Materials from Sustainable Supply Chain Partners/Vendors
Another way Some of our vendors/partners rank among the top 25% of companies evaluated for Corporate Social Responsibility by EcoVadis, which further supports our intent to offer products that yield positive environmental impacts. As part of our ongoing oversight, we have seen their efforts to reduce the impact that their operations have on the atmosphere, water, and soil, as well as optimize raw materials, energy, and natural resources.
Every business has a role to play in fighting climate change. The chemical industry is no exception. But the chemical industry has a unique opportunity to drastically improve global sustainability and reduce the use of synthetic chemicals to aid in the transition to more renewable energy.