Wacker Chemical Corporation is committed to the protection of the environment and to the health and safety of our employees and our community.
We are working at increasing the energy efficiency of our sites all over the world. A good example is our cyclodextrin facility at Eddyville (Iowa, USA), which was expanded in 2009. Cyclodextrins are bioengineered sugar molecules that serve as stabilizers and carrier substances in the life sciences, cosmetics, food and agrochemical sectors. A substantial amount of the $21 million investment was channeled into a new by-product processing plant, which reduces overall steam consumption by 35 percent.
Siltronic (Oregon, USA) was awarded the Recycle-At-Work Certification for the 2009 to 2010 period by the City of Portland. This award recognizes Siltronic’s recycling and waste-reduction accomplishments. The local environmental coordinator regularly illustrates to employees how everyone can help the environment by reusing materials and by separating and reducing waste. Changing our printer settings, for example, was one small step that saves a lot of paper and costs. At our Portland site, we now automatically use the double-sided setting for copying or printing. Such steady commitment is bearing fruit – the recycling rate rose from 60 to 85 percent between 2005 and 2010.
A group of employees at our US site in Adrian (Michigan) has set up nesting boxes for various species of bird and maintains a 2.4-km nature trail. The 97-hectare site premises also feature wildflower and butterfly gardens. For its dedication to nature and wildlife conservation, the Adrian team was awarded the US Wildlife Habitat Council’s 2008 Wildlife at WorkSM certificate, which is valid for three years.
Product Risk Management
Wacker Chemical Corporation is committed to making health, safety and the environment an integral part of the product development process. This starts with the initial stages of research and development through manufacture, handling, use, transportation, and eventual disposal of new or established products.