Sustainable Industry

Environmental responsibility and sustainability are at the heart of all we do.

Here are some examples of the steps we have taken to demonstrate our commitment to ensuring our products are made and used in a sustainable way.

 

Responsible Care

As members of Cefic, TDMA companies work to comply with and promote the Responsible Care® codes.

Responsible Care is an initiative by the global chemical industry that commits companies, national chemical industry associations and their partners to:

  • Continuously improve the environmental, health, safety and security knowledge and performance of our technologies, processes and products

 

  • Use resources efficiently and minimise waste

 

  • Report openly on performance, achievements and shortcomings

 

  • Listen to, engage and work with people to understand and address their concerns and expectations

 

  • Cooperate with governments and organisations in the development and implementation of effective regulations and standards, and to meet or go beyond them

 

  • Provide help and advice to foster the responsible management of chemicals by all those who manage and use them along the product chain

 

Life cycle assessment

The Responsible Care codes were launched more than 30 years ago to address public concerns about how chemicals are manufactured, distributed and used.

We understand how important it is to reassure people that our products are safe to use and kind to the environment. We also know that the only way to do this is to provide evidence.

That’s why we have led the way on research into the safety of TiO2 – including a 30-year study of workers exposed to titanium dioxide and two worker cohort studies looking at data over 70 years.¹

We also publish information on ecological footprint of TiO2 products. TDMA supports Life Cycle Assessment, a rigorous scientific method for evaluating a product’s environmental impact throughout its lifecycle – from the processes that are used to produce it through to the end of its life.

We have developed an accounting and reporting method to show the carbon footprint of titanium dioxide products. The Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) data produced using this method has been externally reviewed and is freely available in the European Life Cycle Data Base.

We also encourage our stakeholders to use our LCI data to help assess the carbon footprint of their own TiO2 applications.

 

REACH regulation

Titanium dioxide is registered under REACH, a European Union-wide regulation to protect people and the environment from any potential risks posed by chemicals.

Visit our page on REACH for more information.

 

Sustainable uses

Titanium dioxide isn’t just safe – it can also bring wide-reaching environmental benefits.

Examples include:

  • Energy efficiency in reflective coatings and “cool roofs”

 

  • Cheaper renewable energy, through efficient dye-sensitised solar cells

 

  • Resource efficiency with durable construction materials

 

  • Waste reduction with lightweight packaging films

 

TiO2 is also being used to help address one of our planet’s most pressing environmental concerns – air pollution, which is estimated to cause more than 450,000 premature deaths each year in Europe alone.

Special titanium dioxide particles used in coatings can be activated by light to neutralise air pollutants. TiO2 coatings have been used for this purpose in settings as diverse as hospitals in Mexico and pavements in the Netherlands. The designers of the Manuel Gea González Hospital in Mexico City, whose facade has been covered with 2,500 square metres of TiO2 coating, estimate it has had the effect of negating 1,000 car journeys each day.

 

References


[1] Mortality among Titanium Dioxide Workers at Three DuPont Plants, Elizabeth D. Ellis, PhD, Janice Watkins, MS, William Tankersley, MS, Joyce Phillips, BS, and David Girardi, BS, Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, March 2010 & Occupational Exposure and Mortality Among Workers at Three Titanium Dioxide Plants, Elizabeth D. Ellis, PhD,  Janice P. Watkins, M.S., William G. Tankersley, M.S., Joyce A. Phillips, B.S., and David J. Girardi, B.S., American Journal of Industrial Medicine, October 2012