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Sustainability is much more than a trend—nations around the world are focusing more and more on environmentally friendly processes, products and technologies, which is being driven by economic activities, policies, regulations and legislation. It can be difficult for companies to provide an objective measurement of the sustainability benefits of a product, technology and/or system. At DSM, we can help our customers make informed decisions and compare objectively between available sustainable solutions.

Material selection based on GHG emissions and circular economy considerations

  • Meet legislation standards and pay no penalties by enabling customers and brand owners to improve footprints in products and address carbon footprint (GHG emission) during the lifetime of a material used. Based on our expertise and advice about the best technologies, our aim is to ensure you the best performance, reliability and effectiveness.
  • Support getting into government programs by addressing the carbon footprint (GHG emission) during the lifetime of a material when used in a product and understand all lifetime phases of the material. With our sustainability team, we look at the entire life cycle approach (LCA) and know the finer points of our materials, enabling us to offer you a portfolio of broad material solutions.
  • Reputation impact by understanding OEM sustainability agenda, knowledge and (in)validation of your track record, based on our knowledge in sustainability—we can help you make informed decisions and compare objectively between available solutions.
  • Reduce project time by understanding lifetime phases, such as production of material, use of  material in a specific product and end-of-life operation of material. With our sustainability team, we look at your entire life cycle approach (LCA) and by knowing the finer points of our materials, we can offer you a portfolio of broad material solutions, and also help you on your sustainable journey via our Bright Science and Brighter Living four-pillar approach.

Sustainability is much more than a trend—nations around the world are focusing more and more on environmentally friendly processes, products and technologies, which is being driven by economic activities, policies, regulations and legislation.

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As many countries, corporations and organizations, along with consumers, are becoming more aware of the importance of sustainability, it can be difficult for companies to define what sustainability means to them and to provide an objective measurement of the sustainability benefits of a product, technology and/or system.  Sustainability is an umbrella term, and a company needs to define what it exactly means to them, and which elements to specifically focus on—GHG emissions relate to carbon footprint; circularity relates to recycling; and product stewardship relates to semi-volatile organic compounds (SoC). It is imperative that sustainability is addressed throughout the value chain—from downstream and upstream and from manufacturing to use to proper end-of-life (EOL) disposal.

Take for instance a company that has a great solution for the use phase, but the solution has no proper EOL solutions or a bad footprint in manufacturing or poor adherence to important societal values. If that is indeed the case, the great solution is not good for the planet or the people. As more businesses claim they are sustainable, they will need to provide hard evidence that their business practices are truly kind to people and the planet. Companies will need to do extensive research, tracking, measuring and reporting to make sure the sustainable initiatives they are taking are indeed sustainable.

Making informed decisions is based on objectively comparing between solutions and factual data about materials, processes, and technologies. Companies need to research, compile data and understand the entire life cycle of a material and the alternatives for management of the material at end of life.

At DSM, we can help our customers make informed decisions and compare objectively between available solutions. We are a leader in sustainability, offering expertise and knowledge to our customers. We have a sustainability team that looks at the entire life cycle approach (LCA) and knows the finer points of our materials, enabling us to offer our customers a portfolio of broad material solutions. 

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  • Life cycle assessment

    When we talk about Bright Science, Brighter Living, one of the core ideas we’re expressing is our concern for sustainability. That’s why we have integrated green design into our business.

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