is more than two decades into sustainability, and continues to raise the bar
for industry and the global business community. Through the power of innovation
Dow has been helping in solving the problems facing the planet today which include
energy, climate change, water, food, etc. From the year 1995 Dow has been
setting a ten-year goal.
In 1995, Dow set out to minimize its own footprint as part of
2005 Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) Goals. Dow started with all
areas of its operations, from environmental excellence to employees and
Reduced solid waste by 1.6 billion
pounds – enough to fill 415 American football fields one meter deep.
Saved 900 million BTUs of energy –
enough to power eight million U.S. homes for one year.
Converted 7,000 truckloads of
material headed for disposal into by-product synergy streams.
2006, Dow built its own foundation of safety and efficiency to focus on
providing more sustainable solutions to customers as part of its 2015
Sustainability Goals. Dow expanded its impact through product solutions and
collaborative approaches that addressed world social and environmental
breakthroughs that significantly help solve
world challenges in food, energy, sustainable water supplies and improved
The percentage of sales from Dow
products that are highly advantaged by sustainable
chemistry reached 10 percent of Dow’s
annual net sales from a 2007 baseline of 1.7 percent.
Approximately 245 megawatts of Dow’s
power comes from low-carbon or from renewable sources today. Dow has identified
opportunities for as much as 240 megawatts of clean power in the future.
Sustainability Fields of Operation
Fair Wage: Global pay equity studies have been
conducted at Dow over the last 20 years, in order to assess fair treatment and
ensure pay practices are being implemented appropriately. The impact of gender
on pay decisions is examined globally, and the impact of ethnicity is examined
in the United States.
Employee Safety: The progress made in reducing rate of
injury and illness since 1994 has prevented more than 36,000 recordable
incidents involving Dow employees and contractors. A 69 percent improvement in
our Injury and Illness rate since 2005 has been recorded. The illness rate for
employees and contractors combined was 0.004 per 200,000 hours.
Communities: Dow supports
programs that address education, the environment and economic success – all
important aspects of community sustainability. In 2015, Dow and The Dow Chemical
Company Foundation contributed $40.8 million to hundreds of programs globally.
for “Building the Workforce of Tomorrow” seeks to empower and support students with various backgrounds and at
various stages of life.
Sustainable Supply Chain
partnerships with suppliers and customers drove positive change across all
elements of sustainability, social, environmental and financial. benefits of a
sustainable supply chain, include improved risk management, reduced
environmental impact and enhanced standards for social and labor practices.
Collaboration and transparency through entire value chain helped to drive
business success and improve supply chain capability.
· Supplier Management:
Suppliers are required to comply with Code of Conduct, which specifies
standards around business and labor practices, prior to engaging in business.
services. Dow works with suppliers to pursue the principles of sustainability
through Responsible Care .Risk elements such as chemical safety & security,
product stewardship, product quality, business continuity, financial health,
trade are evaluated depending on the supplier category.
· Logistic Service Providers (LSPs) and
External Manufacturing (EM) Management: Dow sets high standards
for LSPs, including an extensive risk based program to qualify providers, along
with periodic follow-up assessments which include environmental criteria. EM
suppliers are required to comply with regular subsequent audits. Assessments and audits of LSPs and EM have
resulted in in not selecting the supplier or discontinuing business with the
· Packaging Sustainability Council:
Packaging Sustainability Council developed a Packaging Metric Dashboard which
allows businesses to determine where their greatest potential opportunities are
for packaging optimization. Dow continues to expand strategic partnerships to
keep packaging materials at their highest utility and value, enabling service
life extension and value ecosystems throughout their lifecycles. 2015. This
resulted in 2.3 million pounds of steel and almost 1 million pounds of plastic
being recovered with 58 percent being reused and the remaining recycled which
reduced 4 million pounds of carbon equivalents and fresh water usage.
is fully committed to transportation safety and security advancements, and the
reduction of risk to people and the environment. Dows actions center on
reducing risk, which includes improving safety performance, equipment
performance, emergency response, and supply chain design. Dow has an
aggressive, comprehensive program to prevent incidents during transportation;
our program collects, investigates, analyses and develops corrective and
preventative actions to incidents globally.
These efforts to significantly reduce incidents and enhance response to
those that do occur resulted in zero injuries to the public or harm to the
environment due to transportation incidents in 2015. Dow businesses took
extensive steps to reduce the need to ship Highly Hazardous Materials (HHMs),
through supply chain redesign and optimization to reduce or eliminate
shipments. As a result of these efforts, Dow reduced the ton miles (a measure
of how much shipped, and how far) of these materials by 58 percent, exceeding
the goal of a 50 percent reduction. Transportation Stewardship will focus not
only on the actual or potential consequences of our transportation activities,
but on our controls, incorporating a methodology that will reflect the wide
array of efforts employed to effectively manage transportation risks.
Leaks, breaks and
had 154 Loss of Primary Containment (LOPC) incidents. This was a decrease from
the 178 incidents experienced in 2014 and an overall 88 percent improvement
since 2005. Dow is very close to meeting its very ambitious 2015 goal of 130
LOPC or a 90 percent reduction from 2005.
Energy and Climate Change
GHG(green house gas) emissions have gone from 44 to 32 million metric tons per
year, which is 12 million metric tons per year or 27 percent below our 2006
levels. Dow has prevented over 320 million metric tons of GHG emissions from
entering the atmosphere since 1990. Dow met its goal to use 400 megawatts of
clean power by 2025 and increased its
goal to 750MW. The 432MW renewable electricity portion of clean power mix is
equivalent to 8 percent of Dow’s electricity use.
· Energy Efficiency and Conservation:
Dow was an early adopter of energy efficiency programs. By ingraining energy
efficiency into the continuous optimization of our everyday processes, Dow was
able to reduce energy intensity (EI, measured in BTUs/lb) by 20 percent from
1990-1994, reaching 40 percent in 2005 and by the end of 2015 Dow saved more
than 6,100 trillion BTUs of which 2,900 trillion BTUs are since 2005.Dpw is
shifting toward higher-value, more technology-driven specialty products that
are by nature more energy-intensive, and operating rates have also been reduced
to match demand, resulting in less efficient asset use.
· Energy Consumption: Dows major sites rely on combined heat and
power (CHP) ,CHP is considered the most efficient way to produce steam and
power since it typically uses 20 to 40 percent less fuel than conventional
power generation while also reducing GHGs. In 2015, Dow direct energy
consumption was 408 trillion BTUs and our indirect energy consumption was 124
trillion BTU for a total of energy consumption (direct + indirect) of 532 trillion
BTU showing that energy is consumed at great efficiency avoiding unnecessary
· Reduction of energy consumption:
Dows integrated approach to energy is represented through the acronym COAT.
1. Conserve by
aggressively pursuing energy efficiency and conservation
2. Optimize, increase
and diversify domestic hydrocarbon resources
the development of cost-effective clean energy alternatives.
4. Transition to a
sustainable energy future
cogeneration plant will address 25 percent of the energy consumed by Dow in Aratu,
replacing 150,000 cubic meters of natural gas a day and reducing greenhouse gas
emissions by 33 percent. 2.7 million tons of sugarcane is converted into
240,000 cubic meters of hydrous fuel ethanol per harvest year in SantaVitória, Minas Gerais, Brazil (SVAA).
· Reductions in energy requirements of
products and services:Dows innovative solutions have led to
significant energy reductions for customers across the globe, and virtually
every industry becomes more efficient through this way.
In the last decade, we have significantly reduced our non-Kyoto emissions
making our GHG emissions intensity metric with and without non-Kyoto emissions
almost the same. Direct GHG Emissions
expressed as carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions have decreased 22
percent since 2005. LifeCycle Assessment documented that emissions saved by Dow
insulation products are about seven times greater than total Company direct and
indirect Kyoto and non-Kyoto GHG emissions.
Dow has broad perspective on water from
business offerings that enable water treatment for millions of people globally
to operations that have been working to improve the efficiency of water use for
decades, to external partnerships improving water quality and availability
around the globe. goal, Dow will reduce freshwater intake intensity 20 percent
at key water stressed sites. Dow intends to continue Advancing a Circular
Economy by partnering to deliver major projects globally that implement
advanced solutions, including projects at Dow manufacturing sites. Dow Water
& Process Solutions (DW) is the business unit of Dow that provides
sustainable liquid purification, advances from DW have been implemented
at Dow sites to increase circular economy model(reduce ,reuse and reclaim).
treated waste in 2015 was 1.4 million metric tons. Approximately 61 percent of
the waste is classified as nonhazardous and 39 percent as hazardous as defined
regionally. Dow has placed ongoing emphasis on reducing waste and accomplished
great savings through an internal WRAP program (Waste Reduction Always Pays).
WRAP reduction includes waste avoidance, source reduction, Greenhouse gas
emissions reduction, material reuse or recycling, by-product synergy, and water
and energy conservation. The Company leadership set a goal to implement 300
million pounds of new byproduct synergy globally between 2005 and 2015 to
effectively steward raw materials and limit waste.Dow has identified and redeployed more than 364
million pounds of useable byproduct material and which is equivalent to 8,200
truckloads of material headed for disposal
can provide solutions in transportation and mobility
and use renewable and clean energy resources
smarter ways to use energy
emission control through various products (filters, purifiers, etc.)
Food and agriculture
technologies for healthier diets
solutions for pest and weeds control in the field
water scarcity with new treatments
technologies to improve water availability, water quality, cost and energy
wastewater into a valuable resource through advanced reclamation processes
solutions to prevent and reduce waste
to improve waste management
a circular economy
technologies to prevent food loss and food waste
effective biotechnology that help treat the population’s evolving needs
the safety, durability and service life of products
technologies that help support an active lifestyle