EHS - Sustainability
Environment, Health, Safety
The European Adhesives and Sealants Manufacturers under the umbrella of FEICA develop and sell products and systems which give a special benefit to the customer. This strategy includes a commitment to the constant improvement of safety and environmental aspects as well as safety in the work place.
FEICA’s sustainability vision (see frame) focusses on three areas of progress:
Key objectives of FEICA’s sustainable development programme are to:
FEICA has chosen a ‘tool box’ approach to assist its members to improve sustainability. Taking into account the numerous applications, technologies and raw materials of our diverse industry, it becomes clear that a practical toolset (or set of options) adapted to the specific needs of all adhesive and sealant companies is the way forward. Thus allowing some flexibility and ensuring that each company, big and small alike, can make a contribution and choose the ‘tool’ that works best for them. It needs to be understood that it is not an option to do nothing.
At the beginning of this year, the ETB Sustainability Task Force launched a survey with the aim of exploring what sustainability means to the adhesive and sealant industry and what the needs and limits of the companies are. One of the survey outcomes was that 84% of the respondents indicated to have already installed measures for resource efficient production (e.g. reduction of energy/water/waste, hazardous ingredients, VOC). Other programmes include end of life waste reduction, use of bio-based raw materials, Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) or, mainly taken on board by the larger companies, LCA (Life Cycle Analysis).
The Sustainability Task Force will be developing in the coming months some of the tools and services that have been identified in the survey to be useful to the industry but also gather further ideas and feedback from FEICA members.