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Operational Excellence Stories

Hexion has a strong history of driving improvements in our energy, water and waste intensities and recently upgraded our energy, water and waste management program to reach all sites. 

In 2020, we completed 52 improvement projects across the globe to reduce our footprint in these critical areas. We also held sessions at 23 sites identifying about 125 actionable projects that could further improve our energy and water intensity and reduce waste generation. As our success is driven by our associates, we have included associates at all levels in these ideation sessions, expanded our employee engagement through improved communication of our climate change efforts, provided materials and training around our sustainability efforts and upgraded our key metrics platform so our associates are better equipped to identify and drive improvements. 

Water is a critical natural resource as well as essential to our industrial plants which use water as an ingredient in products, for process cooling and for the production of steam. Our productivity and operation teams continually evaluate projects to efficiently use natural resources and optimize our existing processes such as reducing overall water usage or allowing for recycling of wastewater in lieu of fresh water. Hexion has also committed to performing a water risk assessment for our sites located in water distressed areas during 2021. 

Strategic and Sustainable Thinking Reduces Waste and Saves Water

 

Mar 9, 2020, 15:51 PM by Sydney Lindquist

 

Hexion's Hope, AR plant recently was able to reduce their waste stream, cut fresh water usage, and recovered thousands of pounds of product. Keep reading to find out how.

 

Customer and product changes at Hexion’s Hope, AR plant recently left the plant with more industrial process water than they could consume. A little background is in order: some of the resin products require water as a raw material, while others require a step to remove water, thereby generating the process water. When that got out of balance they were forced to load the excess onto trucks for disposal.

Not willing to accept this as the new status quo, individuals from the plant, Engineering, Six Sigma, Environmental, R&D and sales came together to find a solution. After evaluations, testing and trials they were successful in using this process water as a raw material for formaldehyde production, something that had not been done before.

 

What were the benefits last year?

  • Reduced their waste stream by 2.5 million lbs.
  • Eliminated 52 truck shipments from the roadways
  • Reduce fresh water usage by 300,000 gallons
  • Recovered over 60,000 lbs. of formaldehyde for resin production
  • Recovered 60,000 lbs. of methanol
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