Green Energy and Technology

Sustainability in the Chemical Industry

Authors: Johnson, Eric

  • A survey of the world’s largest chemical companies is at the core of this book. It is an empirical examination of sustainability practice 
  • Practice is outlined in detail in a series of table that show, and compare, what these leading companies are doing (and not doing) in sustainability 
  • Explanation of the diverse definitions of sustainability held by academics, the public and investors
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About this book

It’s the new rock and roll. It’s the new black. Sustainability is trendy, and not just among hipsters and pop stars. The uncool chemical sector helped pioneer it, and today, companies inside and outside the sector have embraced it. But what have they embraced? Surely not the Brundtland definition of meeting “the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

Sustainability describes a change in the chemical industry’s approach to the external world: to regulators, to greens, to neighbors, to investors and to the general public. Displacing the adversarialism of the 1970s-80s, sustainability is a new approach to social/political conflict, and an attempt to rebuild the industry’s long-suffering public image. In practice, it consists of:
A ‘stakeholder’ approach to communications and external relations
A rebranding of regulatory compliance and risk management, with the emphasis on their benefits to stakeholders
Recognition (and even celebration) of the opportunities, not just the costs, of environmental and social protection

The core of this book is a survey of the world’s 29 largest chemical companies: how they put sustainability into action (six of the 29 do not), and the six ‘sustainability brands’ they have created. It begins with a history of stakeholders conflict, before looking at various definitions of sustainability – by academics, by the public and by investors. After the survey and analysis, the book covers sustainability and ‘greenwash’ plus the ROI of sustainability, and it gives five recommendations.

About the authors

Eric Johnson, a chemist, has for most of his career worked in and around the chemical and energy industries. He is Managing Director of Atlantic Consulting, Editor-in-Chief of Environmental Impact Assessment Review, a Director of the NGO Green Cross and a Technical Advisor to the Blacksmith Institute. Formerly he was an editor at Chemical Engineering and Chemical Week, a correspondent for McGraw-Hill World News and a bureau manager for what is now Thompson Reuters.

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Foreword: Why this Book?

    Johnson, Eric

    Pages 1-14

  • Summary: Sustainability Is Advancing, with More Changes to Come

    Johnson, Eric

    Pages 15-22

  • Introduction: Sustainability’s Bandwagon Has Left the Station, But Where Is It Headed?

    Johnson, Eric

    Pages 23-24

  • Why the Chemical Industry Turned to Sustainability

    Johnson, Eric

    Pages 25-42

  • How Others Define Sustainability

    Johnson, Eric

    Pages 43-48

Buy this book

eBook $139.00
price for USA (gross)
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $179.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-94-007-3833-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $179.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-94-017-8155-8
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Sustainability in the Chemical Industry
Authors
Series Title
Green Energy and Technology
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-3834-8
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-3834-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-3833-1
Softcover ISBN
978-94-017-8155-8
Series ISSN
1865-3529
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 176
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