Understanding our eco-footprint is an important part of our approach to sustainability at Teijin Aramid. The eco-footprint represents the environmental cost of a product or process throughout the complete chain of its existence. One of our main targets is to achieve the lowest eco-footprint compared with our competitors. To reach this target, every aspect of the eco-footprint will have to improve. We measure our performance in these aspects through eco-efficiency analyses (EEA’s). These comprehensive methods examine every part of our products’ life cycles and calculate their exact economic and environmental impact – or benefit.
In other words – eco-efficiency is about expressing our impact in the chain by expressing sustainability in numbers, both financially and environmentally. Eco-efficiency draws on the opportunities that sustainability brings to strengthen Teijin Aramid’s market position. This is done in close cooperation with the sales departments in which eco-efficiency is incorporated. The idea behind this methodology has now been translated into a concrete model: the Customer Benefit Model (CBM). Together with the user or end-user, we can use the CBM to calculate the effect of applying aramid, both in terms of costs (savings in euros) and with regard to the environment (reduced impact on the environment).
In the past 5 years, we performed a great number of eco-efficiency analyses. In all cases, using our products was shown to bring environmental, economic or ecological benefits all along the chain. For example, using Twaron makes cars, trucks and planes lighter – resulting in lower fuel consumption and reduced emissions. And the replacement of asbestos in brake pads and gaskets can further lower vehicles’ ecological burden.