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Our product stewardship covers the safe handling of chemical substances and products throughout their life cycle – from procurement and research and development, through production, storage, transportation and downstream processing to marketing and disposal.
We are also systematically compiling carbon footprints for selected products so we have reliable information about greenhouse gas emissions throughout their life cycle thus gaining new insights for further potential reductions. We are also continuing the life-cycle assessments of specific products for the same reason. The analysis covers criteria such as CO2 , primary energy consumption, and greenhouse and eutrophication potential.
Product monitoring at LANXESS’ Central Product Surveillance Directive governs the worldwide tracking of the health-related and ecological implications of raw materials and products. The information acquired is used by our product developers and product safety experts in their evaluations.
We expressly support the protection goals of the EU REACH regulation, which applies to the entire life cycle of a product.
We take responsibility for protecting the world’s oceans and coastlines and are implementing corresponding measures. Our focus is on plastic pellets that may be released into the marine environment due to inattentiveness at various stages of the value chain – in production, distribution, storage and transportation. Plastic pellets themselves do not react chemically but may have an undesired impact on account of their small size and volume. Therefore, under the umbrella of the Responsible Care® Initiative, LANXESS and PlasticsEurope Deutschland joined together to launch the No Pellet Loss initiative which is designed to motivate all stakeholders to handle plastic pellets in a responsible way. In LANXESS’ No Pellet Emission project, the units that handle pellets have set themselves the goal of preventing the emission of even the smallest amounts of pellets in the long term. To this end, we are devising a concept that includes both training and technical measures.