Energy & Resource Efficiency
As SABIC recognizes international concerns about climate change and resource scarcity, our business faces the challenge of growing while minimizing our environmental footprint.
As a company that relies heavily on hydrocarbon feedstock for both the base raw material and the primary energy source of our production processes, we are acutely aware of our own footprint and the need to concentrate on devising more efficient processes to reduce our environmental burdens, including green-house gas emissions.
Our chemical-production processes are primarily based on non-renewable resources that warrant responsible resource stewardship. In our quest to minimize impacts, we are reducing material losses and infusing the concept of a circular economy, whereby waste and other by-products of manufacturing become valuable production inputs. We operate manufacturing facilities in water-stressed regions – with our largest operations in the Middle East – and are cognizant of the need to use fresh water judiciously.
Protecting our natural capital is about being a world-class business that manages all resources wisely. We realize that our environmental impact goes beyond the boundaries of our company. Given the large geographic reach of our organization, we believe that it is important to set robust internal performance targets to manage the environmental performance of our operations.
That is why we are increasingly active in international dialogue on sustainability topics such as climate change. It is also why we are working to understand and manage our impacts both within our own operations and throughout our product value chain.