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2010-03-17

LANXESS corporate responsibility focuses on water, climate protection and education

  • LANXESS declares 2010 to be “Year of Water”
  • Climate protection – 50 percent cut in greenhouse gases worldwide
  • Sustained education initiatives designed to encourage young talent

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Sustainable development is crucial to the upcoming success of business and society and thus forms a fundamental basis for future-focused corporate governance. As an international specialty chemicals group, LANXESS bears a major responsibility towards people and the environment. Therefore, corporate responsibility not only serves as motivation, it is also closely interwoven into the company’s objectives.


The focus is currently on three areas of activity – climate protection, water as a resource and the LANXESS education initiative. In the last few years, the specialty chemicals group has been involved in numerous projects across the globe. Here are a few examples:



WATER


Initiatives for LANXESS’ “Year of Water”

The specialty chemicals group has declared 2010 to be “Year of Water”, aiming to draw attention to the world’s water issues by launching activities at the LANXESS sites around the globe. As part of World Water Day on March 22, schoolchildren in Germany will participate in a “think tank” initiative to draw up concepts for the new EU water guidelines. In India, representatives from business and politics will be coming together at a water symposium to discuss ways of fighting water pollution in the country. At other sites in China, South Africa and the United States, LANXESS will be initiating talks to discuss local water problems and to devise much-needed solutions. The company will compile the results in a single global document.


Clean water for Tanzania: As part of its corporate social responsibility, LANXESS is also concerned with providing education on the importance of water as a resource. The best time to educate young people about access to clean water and to help them in their endeavors is during their first years at school. In this area, the company is supporting the African Medical & Research Foundation (AMREF). With financial support from LANXESS, AMREF plans to establish water supplies for 25 Tanzanian schools attended by some 10,000 students and provide the sanitary facilities they need by the end of 2010. In addition to these infrastructure measures, AMREF also provides hygiene education for teachers and children. The students can then take this knowledge home with them and spread the safe water message in their daily lives.


Cutting-edge water technology in India: LANXESS production sites also take a responsible attitude to water usage. At its new production site in Jhagadia, India, the specialty chemicals group has this year taken a new plant for the production of rubber chemicals into operation. Here, wastewater is thoroughly pre-cleaned before being released into the large treatment plant at the Jhagadia Chemical Park. This process takes place in a separate, ultra-modern LANXESS treatment plant. This ensures that all used water is already close to drinking water quality before it is treated again at the chemical park’s own treatment plant. A new production facility for ion exchange resins is also being built at the Jhagadia site. Ion exchange resins are used to treat water and a host of other liquids. What’s more, this water treatment technology is also of fundamental importance for treating industrial water, producing foodstuffs and generating electricity.



CLIMATE PROTECTION


LANXESS cuts greenhouse gases worldwide by 50 percent: The specialty chemicals group was able to cut its direct greenhouse gas emissions by more than 50 percent throughout the world from 2007 to 2009. During this period, annual emissions from the group’s plants were cut from 3.5 million to 1.5 million metric tons of CO2 equivalents.

 

Innovative implementation of climate protection projects: In Germany, LANXESS has achieved its climate target ahead of schedule. This goal of cutting the 2007 level of climate gas emissions by 80 percent by 2012 has already been reached. Annual emissions have fallen from around 1.9 million metric tons of CO2 equivalents to less than 0.3 million metric tons. Much of this reduction is accounted for by the startup of the second plant for cutting harmful nitrous oxide emissions (N2O) at the Krefeld-Uerdingen site. LANXESS is using this new facility to neutralize around 5,000 metric tons of nitrous oxide per year. This corresponds to around 1.5 million metric tons of CO2 equivalents a year. The company is considered the technology leader in the reduction of nitrous oxide. This plant, which was inaugurated in March 2009, was named one of the “Selected Landmark 2010” in Germany’s biggest nationwide initiative, “Germany – Land of Ideas”.


The new on-site cogeneration plant for the production of electricity and steam, which was inaugurated at the Porto Feliz site in Brazil at the start of March 2010, is another of the company’s lighthouse projects. The plant is powered by bagasse (sugar cane waste). Thanks to the use of this sustainable, environmentally friendly fuel, energy can be produced on a completely CO2-neutral basis.


In 2010, LANXESS will be taking further cogeneration plants for resource-friendly energy generation into operation in India (Jhagadia and Nagda) and Belgium (Zwijndrecht). The specialty chemicals group will be investing around EUR 80 million worldwide in sustainable energy generation in 2010.



EDUCATION


Investments in education and the future: LANXESS’s corporate social responsibility activities focus on providing support for education in schools and universities. The aim of the LANXESS education initiative is to encourage young people to develop a fascination for chemistry at an early age, awaken their inventive spirit and make them aware of the diverse career opportunities that the LANXESS Group offers. At school workshops, talented young people have the opportunity to work with LANXESS technicians in conducting research on current issues. While the focus in 2009 was on synthetic rubber to mark the 100th anniversary of this elastic all-rounder, 2010 is devoted to the world’s water problems. 


The “LANXESS young euro classics concerts” in China are also about supporting and promoting talented young people. On the initiative of the specialty chemicals group, young musicians practice classical pieces of music and go on tour together. This initiative is a symbol of the friendship and good relationship between Germany and China and also highlights LANXESS’s commitment to art and society. LANXESS is continuing its commitment this year, with the “young euro classics” being staged to celebrate Expo 2010 in Shanghai.



All information about LANXESS corporate responsibility activities can be fount at http://responsibility.lanxess.com


Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements based on current assumptions and forecasts made by LANXESS AG management. Various known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors could lead to material differences between the actual future results, financial situation, development or performance of the company and the estimates given here. The company assumes no liability whatsoever to update these forward-looking statements or to conform them to future events or developments.

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