Progress Agreement (Responsible Care)
Values shared by everyone
In 2006, PCAS and the Chemical Industry trade organisation, along with five other French companies: Arkema, Coatex, Cray Valley, Rhodia and Sanofi - Aventis, signed up to the charter.
- Systematic application of the "Progress Agreement" principles at all sites and in all PCAS activities.
- Sub-contractor involvement.
- Complying to regulatory measures and their developments and implementation of best industrial practices.
- Continuous improvement indexes for safety, health and environment.
- Systematic impact assessments in order to control the effects of the company activities on people and their environment.
- Internal and external transparency for risks and prevention.
- Active participation in the work of qualified bodies and authorities.
- Responsible waste and disposal management.
- Contribution to research and experience-sharing within the UIC.
Signing the Declaration supporting the worldwide "Responsible Care" charter underlines the responsibility of chemical companies' responsability and the proactive and voluntary steps they take towards the problems concerning sustainable development.
By applying this worldwide charter, PCAS is playing its role in improving the international community's quality of life.
Some concrete examples of PCAS actions in this field:
- Reduction in consumption of products of petrol origin and CO2 emissions:
Replacement of and replacement study of solvents by pressurised water (mechanical action) to clean our equipment, with the following results:
- reduction in solvent consumption (in particular by researching all possibilities which enable them to be recycled)
- reduce the volume in incinerated solvents (favourable to the carbon balance)
- Participation in a research programme on organic photovoltaics which is supported by Sustainable Development Technologie Canada.
- Waste enhancement:
In-depth study to reduce waste flow and/or look for added value in energy production.
- Use of biocatalysts:
These are catalytic proteins or enzymes used in the synthesis of active molecules (chemo-biocatalytic methods), allowing a substantial reduction in the number of synthesis steps and reducing the use of chemical reagents which have a negative impact on the environment. The direct consequences are numerous:
- Energetic impact is more favourable as compared to the classic approach in chemistry, enabling the desired objectives to be achieved by direct means.
- Environmental impact: Much more selective reactions resulting in reagent and raw material economies and thus generating less secondary products (less waste).
- Knowledge of dangerous products to health.
PCAS has joined forces with 2 universities to respond to a projects request from the ANR (2007). This concerns the review and validation of toxicological and eco-toxicological tests which do not require animal testing. The project has been accepted and is subject to grants, enabling the implementation of strong research means (including specific IT tools), thus allowing:
- screening of present and future molecules to systematically obtain the most critical toxicological information
- an improved protection of PCAS employees and other users of the given substance
- extending the use of these methods to all Chemistry professionals, subscribing to the notion of Chemistry for sustainable development.