UK-based chemical giant ICI has reported a continued fall in its environmental "burden," in its 1997 safety, health and environmental report, released yesterday. First introduced by the firm last year, the environmental burden approach assesses the significance of a wide range of emissions related to key environmental impact categories. ICI's latest report shows reductions compared to a 1995 baseline year of 42% for acidity to air and water, 37% for hazardous air emissions, 31% for aquatic oxygen demand and 28% for aquatic ecotoxicity. In all these areas, a 50% reduction from 1995 levels is being targeted by 2000. The company's contribution to global warming - which it estimates to have been 0.01% of the global total in 1990 - is reported down 30% compared with 1995. However, no improvements to overall energy efficiency were achieved for the second year running, making the firm's target for a 10% improvement by 2000 look increasingly elusive. Following several serious chemical releases in 1997 at UK manufacturing plants, a new environmental risk screening methodology has been introduced, ICI reports, and is to become a "routinely used tool in ensuring the continued suitability for use of...assets".
ICI, tel: +44 171 834 4444. References: "ICI Safety, Health and Environment Performance 1997," to be posted on the ICI web site in due course.
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