Our efforts to reduce air emissions—particulate matter, nitrogen oxides (NOx), Sulfur oxides (SOx), volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and hazardous air pollutants (HAPs)—are supported by capital investments, integration of cost- effective technologies and innovative operating practices. Regular monitoring of our emissions to air from all of our sites is a part of environmental management at Avient.
Our atmospheric protection activities are based on a comprehensive analysis of our emissions. Parameters tracked for air emissions include greenhouse gases, nitrogen oxides, sulfur oxides, volatile organic compounds and hazardous air pollutants.
All Avient manufacturing facilities strictly comply with applicable regulatory requirements regarding emissions limits and hold valid air permits where required. While conventional air emissions are a critical and a highly-influential topic in some industrial sectors, as a specialty formulator of purchased materials, Avient’s conventional air emission levels are de minimis and not material. Regardless, over the years, Avient has still implemented many measures and infrastructure to reduce emissions. Dust/mist/fume extraction systems are common, fuel consuming equipment is being retrofitted with high efficiency units, and the use of volatile compounds has been continually reduced.
At Avient, we recognize that sustainable business practices can positively impact the issue of climate change. We are committed to doing our part in what must be a multi-faceted, global approach throughout supply chains and all stakeholders to successfully address the issue.
We have set 2030 Sustainability Goals to guide us in this regard, and we further strengthened our commitment longer- term, by embarking on achievement of operational carbon neutrality and 100% renewable energy by 2050. In parallel, we have also begun to map our activities to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically including #13 Climate Action.
As you have read in this report, our investments, aligned with achieving these goals, are well underway. Of equal importance, our investments in material innovation within our sustainable solutions portfolio enables others to achieve their goals, and further reduce the impacts of climate change.
Given our unique position as a manufacturer and formulator, we are not only mitigating climate change through our own responsible business practices, but we are also enabling other companies and consumers to do so as well.
This is a distinction we are proud of, and we will uphold this important responsibility to continually serve in both capacities.