Sustainability is an important element in our corporate culture and our innovation culture. As a specialty chemicals company, we want to provide solutions that balance social, ecological and economic aspects - in collaboration with our customers.
We are therefore increasingly focusing our innovation pipeline on products for applications that make efficient use of resources. Our market-oriented R&D plays a key role in improving the ecological footprint of our customers still further and differentiating us from our competitors.
Inclusion in sustainability indexes
Our commitment to even more innovations that make a contribution to sustainable development is underpinned by inclusion for the first time in the renowned Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DSJI) World, and the DSJI Europe in fall 2016. Evonik achieved particularly high scores on all environmentally related criteria. Products singled out in this context were CALOSTAT® (an insulating material based on silicon dioxide), SEPURAN® Noble (highly selective membranes for efficient extraction of helium from natural gas and process gases), and VISCOPLEX® 12-199 (an oil additive that improves the viscosity index and reduces fuel consumption).
German Sustainability Award 2016
Evonik’s innovative capability is also shown by the German Sustainability Award 2016 in the research category, which went to a Creavis project. In collaboration with Process Technology, Creavis developed a new production process for thermoelectric generators (TEGs) to utilize exhaust heat. The process reduces production costs by up to 70 percent. TEGs can help improve fuel economy in vehicles by enhancing the efficiency of alternators. In the steel, aluminum and glass industries TEGs can harvest heat radiated by semi-finished products and exhaust gas systems.