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Practising Sustainability at Coveris Advanced Coatings

The manufacturing activities at Coveris Advanced Coatings include chemical storage, coatings manufacture, coatings application and waste disposal. In order to ensure that the best available techniques are used to protect the environment, all these activities are regulated under Pollution Prevention and Control Regulations. To minimise any risk of polluting local water courses, our activities are also subject to stormwater and waste water regulations which are enforced by local authorities.

As we drive our development of excellent services and quality products, we are very conscious of our responsibility towards the local community and the environment as a whole. We have therefore thought carefully about how our activities could potentially affect the environment and what steps we need to take to minimise any impact.

We believe the main areas of potential environmental impact are as follows:

Environmental Sustainability

Coveris Advanced Coatings, Wrexham, UK have worked in partnership with the North Wales Wildlife Trust helping to develop and promote a wider living landscape scheme within the Wrexham Industrial Estate zone.

The living landscape scheme is a recovery plan for nature driven by thoughtful business land management to benefit wildlife, people and the local economy. Land and habitat restoration work on site will improve our green infrastructure and enhance long-term biodiversity of wildlife in the locality.

Our support of the Wildlife Trust on this sustainable development project will benefit a number of wildlife species, including the rare Grizzled Skipper butterfly, a species which has seen a sharp decline in numbers due to the spread of inhospitable landscape due to poor local land management. 

Air Emissions

Air Emissions-particularly Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC)

One of our main activities is the application of solvent-based coatings to produce coated products. These solvents have to be dried off by evaporation and could potentially contribute to global climate change if they were allowed to go into the atmosphere. We therefore take great care to ensure these solvents are removed. The solvents are destroyed by oxidation in regenerate thermal oxidisers that Coveris Advanced Coatings has on site. The job of the oxidisers is to burn any solvents and stop them from going into the atmosphere. Coveris Advanced Coatings has instruments that continually monitor the solvent emissions from the oxidisers. These emissions are regularly checked to ensure the strict emission limits imposed by our operating permits are complied with.

Energy Consumption

Energy Consumption- which results in direct and indirect emissions of Greenhouse Gases, especially carbon dioxide (CO₂)

Energy use at Coveris Advanced Coatings is a major contributor to our overall environmental footprint. We purchase natural gas and electricity to manufacture our products. These fuels are also required to operate the regenerative thermal oxidisers used to control and minimise our air emissions.

We have been committed to reducing our energy consumption year-over-year for more than 10 years. We are also planning and committed to reducing energy consumption to beyond 2020.

Disposal of Hazardous Waste

Coveris Advanced Coatings does not use drains on site to dispose of any liquid effluent emissions. All process waste is removed from site by authorised contractors and re-processed or disposed of in an environmentally responsible manner. All liquid solvent waste is collected in drums and is often re-used as fuel by other industries. The company takes measures to ensure that all chemicals are properly stored and handled in a way that avoids the risk of spills or land contamination.

Recycled Waste

Coveris Advanced Coatings recycles waste whenever possible. This includes recycling paper, plastics, steel, wood and silver.

Additionally, the Coveris Advanced Coatings UK site complies fully with its obligations under UK law in respect of recycling targets set for packaging waste by the UK government. These targets apply to all packaging used by the facility to pack its own products, and also to all packaging brought in the UK around imported goods such as raw materials.The targets set by the UK government for the main packaging materials are currently as follows: paper 69.5%, plastics 37%, steel 72% and wood 22%. Plastics recovery is set to increase at the rate of 5% p.a to 2017.

Monitoring and Reporting Performance

Coveris Advanced Coatings’ facilities continuously monitor their performances and report required metrics to local and federal authorities regularly and upon request.

Sustainability metrics are also reported on a monthly basis to the Corporate Environmental department at Coveris headquarters.

If you would like to get in touch about Sustainability please contact us.

Photograph: Grizzled Skipper © Tony Pope