Brenntag works continuously on minimizing the environmental impacts of our business activities on the soil, water and air. Various measures such as investments in the infrastructure, optimized work procedures and employee qualifications are implemented with a view to identifying environmental risks early on and to avoid environmentally related incidents.
Brenntag’s sites in all of its regions fully comply with the applicable rules and regulations relating to the protection of the environment and also fulfil our Group’s stringent environmental and safety standards. Whenever new buildings or plants are constructed or necessary modernization and renovation work is undertaken, environmental protection issues are considered and reflected both in terms of the construction approach and plant engineering. The soil and ground water situation is reviewed and recorded annually at all of our locations, in cooperation with external experts.
All of Brenntag’s sites implement suitable environmental protection measures that vary in their form and extent, depending on the work performed at the site, the legal requirements in the country and the site’s construction history. Basic measures include multilayer soil protection in warehousing areas, double-walled tanks for acids and alkalis, collection tanks, closed water cycles, multistage water purification and treatment processes, and modern air and exhaust air purification systems.
Further information and measures
Many Brenntag companies use telematics systems in order to optimize the use of their vehicle fleets. On-board computers log data including driving times and durations, the number of stops, the maximum speed, the kilometers driven and fuel consumption. This information is transmitted back to the depot and is usually also linked to upstream and downstream business management software systems, allowing details of the goods transported and information about the individual drivers, their trips and the vehicles to be compiled, tracked and analyzed.
Another advantage of these on-board units is that they directly foster safe and environmentally efficient driving in which our drivers are trained on a regular basis. Visual and acoustic signals warn the driver when the permitted driving time has been reached. Vehicle handling in terms of driving speed, engine speed, acceleration, braking and engine idling is also visualized.
Brenntag markets solid and liquid chemicals. The packaging used depends on the product type and the quantity supplied. The typical means of transport and packaging types are tankers and trucks, sacks, and various metal and plastic containers.
The majority of these are reusable forms of packaging which are used safely by Brenntag and its customers for many years. Agreements have been made with the manufacturers and third-party service providers for the used units to be returned and professionally cleaned and, if necessary, for damage to be remedied. There is therefore a great amount of reconditioned units in circulation at Brenntag, and as such we take a leading role in the industry. The large proportion of reusable packaging and reconditioned units within our company contributes to reducing the resources used to manufacture new packaging and reducing waste overall.
In addition, Brenntag frequently uses product-dedicated containers, i. e. they are only ever refilled with the same product. This is the case with, for example, the IBC (intermediate bulk container) units made of steel, which are usually used to hold flammable solvents. Product-dedicated refilling dispenses with the need to clean the units, thereby saving water and other cleaning agents, and thus reducing the impact on the environment.