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Sustainability

     

​Focused on Energy Conservation and More

 

As part of our overall sustainability strategy, Grace has targeted reducing the energy intensity of our operations by 20 percent per pound of production between 2007 and 2017.

In its simplest form, sustainability is about maximizing our growth while minimizing our impact on the environment and enhancing lives. It is about the programs we have in place to ensure the safety of our employees and others who work in or live near our plants. It is about putting innovative products in the market that our customers can use safely while achieving their sustainability objectives. It is about giving back to the communities in which we live and work. And it is about understanding how we can better manage and minimize our environmental footprint.

As a company, Grace is constantly striving to be as productive as possible. Improved productivity helps keep our cost structure competitive while delivering improved products to our customers to help them enhance their competitiveness.

Grace uses 2007 as the base year against which the company measures progress. In that year, we produced nearly 2 million tons of products and had carbon dioxide equivalent emissions of around 1 million tons.

Through 2014, Grace's energy intensity increased by 14 percent. The increase is attributable to reduced production volumes, primarily in our low energy intensity products. Grace is committed to continue working towards its energy intensity goal, as we believe doing so will drive innovation, productivity, and enhance our stewardship of the environment.

Sustainability Results

Grace continually pursues new opportunities to manage and minimize our environmental footprint.


2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

Total Carbon Dioxide Emissions (Tons) 801,436 813,769 707,540 705,834 703,494 695,678 690,988 715,501
Total Energy Consumption (million BTUs) 11,317,291 11,314,686 10,368,580 10,628,015 10,472,701 10,377,224 10,398,289 10,826,249
Carbon Dioxide per Pound of Production (pounds) 0.43 0.49 0.47 0.46 0.49 0.49 0.47 0.46
Energy Consumed per Pound of Production (BTUs) 3,062 3,389 3,473 3,459 3,638 3,625 3,517 3,489
Total Water Consumption (million gallons) n/r n/r n/r n/r 8,024 8,639 8,409 8,046