SABIC releases sustainability report outlining progress on key drivers, moving toward a more circular future

Published: 26 April 2020 - 2:30 a.m.
By: Martin Menachery
SABIC has released its Sustainability Report 2019, covering performance over the past year and detailing how sustainability fits into the company’s broader global business strategy. Titled 'Toward a Circular Future', the report builds on the reputation of the company as a global leader in chemicals that embeds sustainable practices not only into its own business, but also into its entire value chain.

As reflected in the report’s title, several landmark internal decisions in 2019 helped SABIC emerge as a pioneer in the development of the circular economy – where renewables, resource conservation, waste reduction, recycling, and repurposing do not impede, but actually contribute to business growth.

Dr Abdulaziz Saleh Aljarbou, SABIC chairman, said, “We are driven by concern for plastics in the environment, the search for new ways to reuse and re-purpose materials, and a desire for effective regulations, especially in packaging. These priorities have led to investments in circular product-solutions and our ability to accept chemically recycled feedstock.”

Yousef Abdullah Al-Benyan, vice chairman and chief executive officer, said, “SABIC witnessed excellent progress and we continued to recognise global concerns for creating a more sustainable society. Demand for circular solutions increased this year, as did opportunities for renewable energy and regional climate regulations. We have circular economy strategies that will lead to industry-leading projects in all our global regions.

SABIC’s impressive and growing range of circular solutions include a chemical recycling mega-project that will turn mixed plastic waste back into the original polymer; a semi-commercial, pre-treatment facility to increase the supply of chemically recycled feedstocks; and the TRUCIRCLE portfolio of circular solutions, which are already helping SABIC’s customers in several key markets to reach their own sustainable goals.

The sustainability report highlights how SABIC works with – and is sometimes a driving force behind – international organisations that are contributing to a sustainable world and helping to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing the industry and the planet. It is a transparent insight into SABIC’s approach to delivering ‘Chemistry that Matters’ to customers, suppliers, governments, NGOs, and communities all over the world.

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