What's in Eastman's 2018 Sustainability Report?

Hank Hayes • Aug 3, 2018 at 8:27 AM

KINGSPORT — Eastman’s goal for a 20 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 is “on track,” the Kingsport-based global specialty chemical company said in its 2018 Sustainability Report released on Thursday.

“Twenty seventeen greenhouse gas intensity decreased 17 percent compared to the baseline,” the report said.

Eastman’s 2017 Sustainability Report referenced the company’s move to convert its coal boilers to natural gas.

“Over the last three years, we converted four boilers at two of our domestic sites from coal to natural gas conversion,” the 2017 report said. “We plan to convert two more boilers by the end of 2018 at our Kingsport, Tenn., facility. The conversion from coal to natural gas at Kingsport is the most significant air pollution control project in Eastman’s history. The conversion will enhance our emission reduction efforts and help us in our effort to attain this goal.”

Still, the 2018 report noted Eastman’s goal for a 20 percent reduction in energy intensity by 2020 “needs improvement,” as does an initiative to maintain a strong commitment to a zero-incident culture. Eastman reported a 0.71 2017 injury and illness rate against a 0.54 target.

Eastman’s goal of steering toward a sustainable business portfolio, the company noted, is in transition, although three new products from its cellulosic platform were launched in 2017.

Eastman also declared “complete” a goal of reducing nitrogen oxide by 20 percent and sulfur dioxide by 40 percent by 2020 against a 2010 baseline.

Report highlights included the company’s focus on accelerating innovation, including examples where sustainability and innovation intersect to address global macro trends and enhance quality of life; continued focus on responsible management of natural resources; commitment to advancing ocean science; and strengthened collaborations to drive positive change through social innovation in the areas of education, environment, empowerment and economic development.

“We know we must create far more value than the resources we use or the future is not sustainable, and as the purchasing power of the world continues to grow, we must innovate to deliver consumer choices that will sustain and protect our world,” said David A. Golden, Eastman’s senior vice president, chief legal & sustainability officer, and corporate secretary.

Eastman established its Sustainability Council in 2010.

Eastman is a member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, an organization that helps global businesses face new and complex challenges and opportunities through science-based, targeted business solutions aimed to scale up business impact.