Responsible care®, day-to-day actions
Our products are sources of light and transparency, manufactured in clean and environmentally friendly factories.
As a subsidiary of Arkema group, Altuglas International takes part in "Responsible Care®", an international program aiming to improve the performance of the chemical industry in areas such as health, safety and environmental protection.
Introduced in Canada in 1985, "Responsible Care®" unites participating businesses from more than 50 countries.
This commitment to progress defines the guiding principles and management techniques for the following industries:
- process safety
- health and work safety
- emergency measures
- product distribution and management
Methyl Methacrylate (MMA): an environmental view
In the European Union all materials will soon require an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD). The EPD is a document containing information on the product's environmental impacts, data obtained by means of a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA).
A single LCA for MMA was published by CEFIC in March 2014 thanks to independent studies submitted by the three European producers. One of the indicators measured was the MMAcarbon footprint.
As a result, the EPD for MMA (acetone cyanohydrin route) reports a carbon footprint of 3.47 kg of CO2 per kg of MMA. This Life Cycle Assessment will be revised every four years.
The next step is to obtain LCAs and EPDs for Polymethyl Methacrylate (PMMA): resins, beads, cast sheets and extruded sheets. These data should be available by year-end 2014.
In the next three to four years, the LCAs for all plastics will be updated and made available on the Plastics Europe website.
More reliable products
To meet today's challenges, engineers at Altuglas International are constantly innovating and developing new, more reliable products, for example:
- PMMA RNew® (bio-based PMMA) is a more environmentally friendly product using polymers made from 100% plant sugar
- PMMA ShieldUp® (nanostructured PMMA) is a strong, light and transparent sheet used to lighten the weight of vehicles and thus reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emission
No matter which manufacturing process is used, a recycling system is set up in every Altuglas International production site.
This mainly involves:
- recycling extruded sheet waste directly during the extrusion process
- recycling cracked cast sheet waste to regenerate MMA, PMMA raw material.