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Innovation and Technology: How Sustainable Manufacturers Minimize Environmental Impacts

Publish On 22, Mar 2022 | Innovation and Technology: How Sustainable Manufacturers Minimize Environmental Impacts

   During the past few decades, the impacts of climate change have manifested and become apparent in our daily lives, such as the rising global temperatures, and the unpredictable weather patterns across the world. This has raised greater awareness among the general public and prompted them to adjust their lifestyle to be eco-friendlier. It can even be said that people around the globe seem to have developed collective eco-consciousness, which now informs not only personal lives but also organizations, which are seeking solutions that are friendly to the world while simultaneously enhancing the quality of life of society.


   Plastic business owners, from manufacturers and molding companies to brand owners, are all key players that can change the world and people’s lives for the better. SCG Chemicals, or SCGC, has leveraged its skills and knowledge to developed innovation and technology which offer materials that are both high quality and environmentally friendly.



Eco-friendly Feedstock


   Environmental conservation begins with the choice of feedstock. The first option is high-performance plastic resin, which helps maximize resource efficiency by reducing the amount of material required to manufacture a product while retaining the same level of strength. In addition, as the weight of the product is reduced, this type of plastic helps cut energy consumption during production and transportation, which in turn reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Examples of high-performance plastics include those produced with SMX™ Technology, which offer enhanced strength and can be formed into various types of products, from intermediate bulk containers (IBCs) for chemicals and films for industrial applications to soda bottle caps. Another example is SCGC™ PP P1085J, designed for the manufacturing of automotive parts in response to the increasing demand for lightweight vehicle, which seeks to reduce energy consumption in mobility.


   Another alternative is to choose plastic resins certified with SCG Green Choice, a label given to products with proven eco-friendly properties based on ISO 14021, such as SCGC™ PE Wax LP1040T, an additive that enhances plastic molding efficiency and reduces molding waste by at least 10%, and SCGC™ HDPE H112PC, a black plastic resin for high-pressure pipes that can reduce the use of plastic compounds by at least 10%.



Recycling: Planning Downstream Processes from the Start to Ensure Sustainable Circularity


   In addition to green materials, innovation also plays a vital role in enhancing the management of post-consumer plastic through recycling based on circular economy principles and to reduce waste and the consumption of virgin materials. Through innovations under SCGC GREEN POLYMER™, recyclability can be incorporated into the process right from the beginning, in which packaging can be designed using mono-material for efficient recycling and easy sorting and can be processed into high-quality post-consumer recycled resin (PCR). Any plastic that can’t be processed through regular recycling can undergo advanced recycling, which yields recycled feedstock for petrochemical plants and can be processed into plastic resin again.



Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions Through Choice of Energy


   There are various eco-friendly energy solutions at the industrial level. One alternative is to use an industrial furnace coating that enhances efficiency and reduces the use of fuels, such as emisspro®, which in turn decreases the amount of carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxide released to the environment. Another option is to switch to clean energy generated by SCGC Floating Solar Solutions, which not only convert underutilized water surfaces such as ponds in manufacturing facilities into power generators but also help cover them and reduce the evaporation rate. This clean energy innovation can support medium-to-high power product capacity.



Digital Technology: Decreasing Issues and Enhancing Sustainability in Production


   AI Supervisory for Energy Analytics, an energy management platform that minimizes energy consumption while maintaining optimal production effectiveness, brings together and process datasets to inform decision-making and enables easier and more efficient process control. The ability to establish plans in advance based on analyses provided this digital technology makes it possible to reduce energy consumption in production and prevent energy waste, thus helping to cut down emissions of greenhouse gases.



Ultimately, Everyone Needs to Pitch In.


   The success of green business practices is not only measured in figures but also in the ability to cultivate eco-consciousness and prompt everyone to take part in protecting this world. With everyone working to save the planet with their skills and SCGC’s ceaseless knowledge and innovation development, we will be able to achieve a sustainable society and successfully preserve this world for our posterity.

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