(Celanese) -- The American Chemistry Council (ACC) today presented its highest honor, the Responsible Care Company of the Year Award, to two member Companies: Celanese Corporation and Ethyl Corporation. This premier award recognizes those member companies that have enhanced and embraced the Responsible Care ethic of performance improvement and sustainability throughout their company.
Responsible Care is what sets ACC member companies apart; it is a common commitment to continual improvement of our industry's environmental, health, safety and security performance, said ACC President and CEO Cal Dooley.
Celanese Corporation has gone beyond Responsible Care requirements in multiple areas, achieving aggressive environmental health and safety performance goals to reduce its impact on the environment and safeguard its employees and contractors. In 2010, Celanese exceeded each of its five-year goals, with an energy intensity reduction of 26 percent, greenhouse gases reduction of 35 percent, waste intensity reduction of more than 70 percent and an air emissions reduction of more than 40 percent. Most significantly, Celanese's 2010 global OSHA injury rate was 0.15, surpassing its 2010 goal of 0.22.
Ethyl Corporation's commitment to improving its environmental performance is exemplified by its robust waste reduction efforts. In 2011, the company's Houston plant is on track to reduce its hazardous waste production by approximately 70 percent (more than 200 tons) compared to 2010. Ethyl also implements an active ⌠Safety Observation Program, to capture and correct items with potential adverse effect, investigates all incidents that take place and ensures that all employees are aware of potential workplace hazards. Ethyl Corporation's commitment to safety has been acknowledged by the National Safety Council, which gave the company its ⌠Perfect Record Award for safety performance last year.