SEPPIC and green chemistry

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SEPPIC has long applied sustainability criteria across all its business areas and has been practicing green chemistry well before 1998 when the 12 principles relating to it were defined. We were one of the pioneers of alkyl polyglucosides, which are surfactants obtained from plant oil and sugar, at the end of the 1970s! Demonstrating our commitment to sustainability, we have fine-tuned many manufacturing processes to avoid the use of organic solvents in favor of raw ingredients of plant origin.

Principles to guide every action

We have made specific efforts to reduce the environmental impact of our manufacturing processes. In our main plant in Castres for example, wastewater from manufacturing is pre-treated on site before being sent to the local treatment works. Some waste products with high calorific value are reused to produce energy for cement manufacturers, while others are recycled (plastic, cardboard) or regenerated (oils, alcohols). Manufacturing methods have been improved to reduce energy consumption and the carbon footprint of production sites. Many of our chemical industry products are designed to be easy to use, for example in cold processes, thereby generating lower emissions.

Focus on innovation

Creating and marketing raw green chemistry ingredients to the chemical industry is one of our top priorities. Our researchers are innovating to meet consumer needs, within the framework of environmental and economic efficiency criteria. At the same time, we are raising the technical bar, which opens the way to move from ‘traditional’ to ‘green’ chemistry.

SEPPIC, a participant of the Responsible Care charter

To formalize our commitments, we have signed the Responsible Care® charter.
Part of a global initiative in the chemical industry, this charter aims to foster continued improvement in the fields of health, safety and the environment. It is significantly more demanding than any legal or regulatory clauses, and requires its signatories to follow specific rules for ethical conduct.

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