Advancing Sustainability
Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC)
November 2014
CIAC’s 50+ Year Journey and
Responsible Care Timeline
• CIAC founded in 1962 (known formerly as the Canadian Chemical
Producer’s Association).
• In 1985, Responsible Care® is born.
• In 1985, the National Advisory Panel is established.
• In 1986, creation of community awareness and emergency response.
• In 1992, annual emissions inventory is created called NERM.
(National Emissions Reduction Masterplan)
• In 1994, Responsible Care verification process enacted.
CIAC’s 50+ Year Journey and
Responsible Care Timeline
• In 2001, the multi-stakeholder Environmental
Protection Steering Group is created.
• In 2007-2010, Responsible Care is completely
reviewed and updated to incorporate new
sustainability principles, revamped codes,
updated verification process and new RC tagline:
“Responsible Care®: Our Commitment to
• In 2012, CIAC celebrates 50 years!
Today, Responsible Care is adopted in over 60 countries!!
Responsible Care® Ethic
and Principles for Sustainability
“Do the Right Thing and Be Seen to Do the Right Thing”
Triple Bottom Line Approach:
• “We dedicate ourselves, our technology and our
business practices to sustainability – the
betterment of society, the environment and the
• After that, it’s up to each company to
‘figure it out’ for themselves.
• Each company to develop it’s own definition,
principles, policies, and actions.
What is CIAC Trying to Do?
Shift the industry culture from safety to sustainability
“S” is a cost
“S” person does “S”
“S” is a priority
We know “S” best
Every company for themselves
Ignore or fight our critics
Product liability – not my problem
“S” is an investment
Everyone Does “S”
“S” is a value
Looking outside for best “ practices”
We can’t achieve “S” alone
Engage your toughest critics
Life cycle / value chain stewardship
(1985 – 2007 – “S” means safety) (2007 – present “S” means sustainability)
What is CIAC Doing to Contribute
to our Member’s Sustainability?
Best Practices
Using Sweat
Mutual Support
Tools & Guidance
& Reporting
Verifying our
Using Peer
Our 20+ Year Commitment
to Reducing Emissions
• In 1992, NERM (National Emissions Reduction Masterplan)
emissions inventory is created.
• CIAC is a reporting partner of Environment Canada’s National Pollutant
Release Inventory.
• NERM goes beyond what is covered by legislation;
– we have over 800 chemicals and encourage members to report any emissions (even
those below recommended NPRI thresholds)
– Encourage our companies to set and meet voluntary reduction targets.
• Our members take a risk based and scientific approach in their strategy to
reduce emissions.
Our 20+ Year Environmental
Performance Record
Today, a unit of Canadian chemical product is manufactured with
88% fewer emissions than in 1992.
• reduced discharges to water by 98%
• reduced emissions of toxins targeted
by the Canadian Environmental
Protection Act by 89%
• substantially reduced emissions of air
pollutants such as nitrogen oxides (by
61%) and sulphur dioxide (by 85%)
• reduced the global-warming potential
of their operations by 65%
Our Reductions of
Benzene Emissions
• In 1994, Environment
Canada and CIAC signed a
“Memorandum of
Understanding” for
benzene reduction.
• CIAC members committed
to 70% reduction by 2001
• By 2001, the industry had
reached 67% reduction.
• By 2012, members
reached 96% reductions.
Our Reductions of
VOC Emissions
• In 1997, Environment
Canada and CIAC signed
a “Memorandum of
Understanding” for VOC
emission reductions.
• CIAC members
committed to 25%
reduction by 2002.
• By 2002, the industry had
reached 31% reduction.
• By 2012, members
reached 83% reductions.
BASF Slashes
VOC Emissions
• BASF Windor, Ontario site manufactures automotive coatings, including
basecoats and primer.
• In 2011, BASF completed a major production expansion project at their
Windsor site, which resulted in a more than 15-tonne increase in VOC
• In 2012, BASF Canada took action and was
able to cut its VOC emissions by 50% by
selecting a less hazardous, lower volatile
substance and using more water in the
cleaning solvent blend.
• Changing the solvent mix resulted in lower emissions and cost savings.
Lanxess Reduces
VOC emissions
• Lanxess Sarnia, Ontario plant produces
synthetic butyl rubber found in automobile
• In 2011, the Sarnia site invested 10-million
dollars in a highly energy efficient
regenerative thermal oxidizer (RTO).
• The RTO consumes less natural gas than
other VOC-control technologies, and
significantly reduced VOCs resulting in
fewer emissions of greenhouse gases over
the long term.
• Lanxess reduced its 2011 VOC emissions by 21% in just one year!
CIAC Responsible Care Team
Bob Masterson
Vice President, Responsible Care®
Telephone: (613) 237-6215 x234
E-mail: [email protected]
Gilles Laurin
Manager, Responsible Care
Telephone: (613) 237-6215 x234
E-mail: [email protected]
Stephanie Butler
Manager, Environment Health & Safety
Telephone: (613) 237-6215 x245
E-mail:[email protected]
Kara Edwards
Transportation Safety & Security Advisor
Telephone: (613) 237-6215 x244
E-mail: [email protected]