Dystar Group, a leading global provider of dyes, performance chemicals and color solutions in the textile industry, has released its fourth sustainability report for 2013.
The group has been working to improve its production processes, develop innovative products and services and to promote environmental practices throughout the textile supply chain.
CEO, Harry Dobrowolski, said, “Today, I can say with confidence, that we have gained significant momentum in our sustainability efforts. We have invested heavily in new product research and development, we are providing high quality product and services to our customers, and we are raising the standard of environmental and social sustainability in our operations.”
Dystar announced that emission intensity at its largest dye production plant, Ludwigshfen, in Germany decreased by 13.5% compared to 2012, and by 14.5% at its facility in Indonesia.
The report also noted that the group’s gross revenue has increased since last year consistently over all three operations in Asia, Europe and the Americas, to $822.86 million, up from $764.14 million in 2012. Revenue in Asia increased to $372.90 million from $337.28 million last year, Europe increased to $239.98 million from $228.27 million and revenue in the Americas grew from $198.59 million to $209.98 million.
Two dye production plants located in China, Nanjing and Wuxi, have kept their emissions steady and similar to 2011 levels. The company’s second largest production plant for auxiliaries, Corlu, also reported a 7.5% reduction in emission intensity compared to 2012.
Dystar Group’s production increased 10 percent, while operational costs stayed relatively the same, $638.76 million in 2013 compared to $634.77 million in 2012.
Its total expenditure on purchases has increased due to the higher production. The organization noted that it still continues to purchase predominantly from local suppliers. The amount spent on local suppliers increased to $434.86 million in 2013 from $336.61 the previous year. Roughly 61 percent of Dystar’s total material comes from local suppliers and almost all of its services are sourced locally.
In 2013 Dystar’s overall energy consumption increased 11.72%. The organization credits this to the increase in production, and to a more complex product mix, which contained a larger quantity of dyes and similar intermediate stages. Total direct energy consumption increased to 93,295,159 kWh from 84,511,631 in 2012.
Its total GHG emissions increased by 12.83% percent to 159,779 tCO2e compared to 2012, attributed to the rise in production and a more complex product mix.
As its production increased, so has its resource consumption, however, its emission intensity and resource use per ton of production have fallen significantly over the past 4 years. Dystar continues its efforts in reducing its emissions as noted in the report, the group is committed to its emission reduction goal of 20 percent on a GHG intensity basis, and intends to reach a reduction target of 20 percent of water consumption by 2020.
Dystar said it also hopes to ensure sustainable operations, provide responsible products and services, and promote ethical practices in the future.