Reporting & Data
2019 Sustainability Report
Our inaugural Sustainability Report contains more detailed information on our commitment to sustainability and our 2019 results. Our dedication to producing materials which are safe for the environment is demonstrated in these pages.
In the coming years, we plan to continue our ongoing diligence for not only the health and safety of our employees and our customers but also our vendors, shareholders, and other stakeholders.
Our Environment, Social and Governance Issues Materiality Matrix
With increasing emphasis on corporate citizenship and environmental stewardship both through our employees and external partners, we continued our sustainability journey in 2021 by formalizing sustainability-related processes.
In 2019, to ensure our efforts and disclosures met the expectations of our shareholders, employees, customers, communities, and external stakeholders, we initiated our first materiality assessment in partnership with Berg and Associates. This effort incorporated external and internal input as to crucial sustainability topics relevant to Ecovyst.
In 2021, we have expanded upon that effort and reached out to our supply chain. Feedback from our suppliers will be incorporated into our next sustainability report and inform our strategy going forward.
Our unwavering goal is to become an industry leader in HSE performance. In 2019, we achieved our lowest TRIR in a decade-approaching the American Chemistry Council’s (ACC) Top Quartile safety performance and there were no Level 3 environmental releases for the first time in the history of our recording them.
As reported by the member companies within the ACC, our target is to achieve top quartile TRIR performance in the chemicals industry by the end of 2020.
With decades of internal environmental reporting across Ecovyst businesses and with a focus on improving our sustainability processes, we began a corporate-driven effort to capture consistent environmental metrics for energy, waste, and water in 2018. In 2019, we made improvements to our data collection process, including aligning with Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) and Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards’ definitions and metrics. We follow the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol to calculate our Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions for all manufacturing, research, and large office facilities.
Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions
We have been calculating our greenhouse gas impacts since 2000 for all sites in the United States and select global facilities. In 2019, we began a focused corporate-wide alignment initiative to capture energy data and calculate greenhouse gases with a single methodology enabling improved comparison across facilities. As part of this effort, we partnered with iCompli to assure our 2018 baseline data.
We are committed to reducing carbon emissions from our operations around the world and have set a robust goal of reducing our footprint by 15% in GHG intensity by 2025. Our intention is to set significant numerical goals in this area that are practical and realistic, and will also result in significant positive environmental impacts. To learn more about our historical GHG emissions and data, please see our 2019 Sustainability Report.
Energy management is an important component in reducing our carbon footprint; therefore, our goal in this area is to define and implement Energy Management Plans at all sites by the end of 2025. Our Engineering and Environmental teams throughout the world work to identify new initiatives to reduce energy consumption on an ongoing basis. To learn more about our energy management plans, please see our 2019 Sustainability Report.
We are committed to waste minimization principles and the proper handling, transport and disposal of any wastes, including process-related hazardous waste, generated at our sites. We strive to maintain full compliance with applicable regulatory requirements in this area wherever our sites are located. Our environmental stewards across the company continually work to reduce waste through process improvements and the search for beneficial new uses for our co-product material. To ensure we never loose sight of waste generation we have set two goals; first to reduce hazardous waste generation by 40% by 2025 and, secondly to reduce our non-reyclable waste by 25%.To learn more about our waste reduction and disposal activities, please see our 2019 Sustainability Report.
Water Scarcity and Use Management
Water scarcity and quality is a growing concern for communities. Ecovyst has enhanced efforts to improve its water data collection processes and site water balance data towards the implementation of a robust water management program. As part of our 2018 baseline data verification, iCompli assured our water withdrawal from municipal and surface waters. As we continue our sustainability journey, we are dedicated to improving our water data and management programs. To learn more about our water management practices, please see our 2019 Sustainability Report.