Product Sustainability

Our vision of delivering performance that makes a difference is exemplified by our products that provide health, safety, environmental and other sustainability benefits for our customers and their customers.

We are committed to continuing to develop innovative products that improve the performance of our customers’ products by imparting properties that extend product life spans, increase fuel efficiency and optimize resource conservation. We look to grow our involvement in the circular economy by developing opportunities to use waste or byproducts as raw materials. As responsible manufacturers, we understand our obligation to share comprehensive information on the health, safety and environmental aspects of our products.

In 2021, we successfully launched our product sustainability assessment framework. This comprehensive, in-house process evaluates new product development projects for safety, environmental, and health impacts and includes more than forty questions about sustainability impacts ranging from air emissions to recyclability, potential safety risks to workers, and many more. The assessment covers sustainability impacts across the product life cycle from design to manufacturing, use, and end-of-life. For each potential impact, the new product is rated in comparison to an existing product benchmark, and the results are scored. 

In our first full year, we assessed 100% of the new product development projects across all of our top product applications. Given the dynamic nature of product development, the performance of our project portfolio changes from month to month. Still, we are proud to report that our snapshot from December 2021 showed that 72% of active projects had a sustainability benefit. This encouraging start will help us as we strive toward our 2025 target that 100% of new products will have a sustainability benefit.  


Product Life Cycle

Life Cycle Analysis


We initiated a cradle-to-gate life cycle analysis of our carbon black products that will allow us to focus our attention on key opportunities along our value chain to reduce our overall greenhouse gas footprint. Once this analysis is complete, we expect to be able to provide Scope 1, 2 and 3 GHG emission estimates and other environmental aspects for various carbon black product grades in 2021.

Advancing Our Customers

We are constantly working with our customers to find innovative solutions that will help them advance their own products. In many cases, this allows us to work with customers who have their own ambitions for sustainability by developing products with superior efficiency, durability, or cutting edge applications like those for renewable energy.