Seneffe Implements Sustainable Solutions
A number of successful initiatives were implemented at the plant in Seneffe,
Belgium, leading to resource conservation and environmental protection. Here
are two examples.
Simple solution protects sewer system
Plastic drums containing reusable drain mats are now protecting the sewer
system in Dow Corning’s Seneffe site. Drums were installed close to every sewer
drain on the site and attached to concrete bases to keep them securely in
place. A drain mat that can be washed and reused is stored inside each drum. In
the event of a spill, the drain mats are removed from the drums and put to
quick use – screening the drain and keeping unwanted material out of the sewer
system.This simple solution was identified as a strength during the site’s
Responsible Care® audit.
Manufacturing equipment must be thoroughly cleaned when switching from
production of one material to another. This cleaning process uses an impressive
amount of water, with the soiled water typically discharged as a chemical
waste. However, the Seneffe plant recently implemented an ultrafiltration
process that captures and decontaminates the water. This initiative is part of
a global effort to reduce the environmental impact of our operations, and has
contributed to the reduction of more than 80 percent in waste discharged as a
percent of production from 2000 to 2005.
"Dow Corning has achieved success in many areas and we are working hard
to duplicate that around the globe," said Stephanie Burns, Dow Corning
chairman, president and CEO, addressing the important topic of