The energy efficiency target was agreed in a voluntary agreement signed with the UK government in 1997 (ENDS Daily 19 November 1997). According to the CIA, its members' energy consumption relative to production decreased by 2.1% in 1999, bringing the overall energy efficiency improvement since 1990 to 16.7%. The improvement during 1999 was just over double that achieved the year before.
Marking the CIA's tenth year of participation in the international chemical industry "responsible care" programme, the report notes that 25% of UK chemical firms have externally certified environmental management systems and the number is increasing. More aspects of the industry's environmental performance will be reported annually in future, the report adds. Trends to be tracked include discharges of nutrients, heavy metals, sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxides.
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