Styron, a global materials company and manufacturer of plastics, latex, and rubber headquartered in Berwyn, PA, has published its 2013 Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility Report, documenting the company's ongoing commitment to reducing its environmental footprint.
Compared with 2012, Styron reduced electricity consumption and chemical emissions by 2%, volatile organic chemical emissions by 5%, and water usage by 4% in 2013, according to the company.
The report also highlights the ways in which Styron's materials research helps its customers to achieve environmental improvements.
In the automotive sector, for example, integrating the company's Pulse 6000 BG resin into seatbacks in Volkswagen and Audi cars reduced part weight by as much as 25% and improved fuel economy. Tires made with a functionalized styrene butadiene rubber supplied by Styron also helped reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
Styron participates in the Responsible Care initiative, a voluntary program of the global chemical industry that aims for cradle-to-grave safe handling of products. Adopted in 53 countries, Responsible Care goes above and beyond the legal requirements in force in most countries.