SONGWON Strengthens Sustainability Efforts
ULSAN, South Korea – SONGWON Industrial Co. Ltd. reported some of its successful in-house sustainability efforts relating to both energy conservation and efficiency and emphasized its commitment to the environment across the organization.
At SONGWON’s Panoli site in Gujarat, India, the company’s hub for specialty chemicals, both energy efficiency and conservation have been at the top of the agenda. “The plant team has been concentrating its efforts on developing effective actions directly intended to conserve energy in the area of electricity but also natural gas which will dramatically reduce emissions and benefit the organization with cost savings too,” explained Byungsoo Boo, Leader Operations.
According to Boo, SONGWON has also begun replacing its natural-gas-fired steam boiler at the Panoli facility with an agro-waste-fired steam boiler. When completed it will mean a successful shift from non-renewable energy to renewable energy with considerable expected savings and a substantial contribution to the reduction of harmful emissions.
Meanwhile SONGWON’s manufacturing facility in Ulsan, Korea, the company has been replacing the metal-halide lights throughout the plant with LED lights, reducing energy consumption and overall costs. LEDs are also much safer for operators due to less heat being emitted. In four years, SONGWON says it expects the switch to save 1,884 TCO2 and 425 MW/Y.
In the United States, Songwon International – Americas Inc., located in Houston, has transferred the energy source for offices to full renewable energy and is offsetting 100% of the business’ electricity usage with third-party-verified renewable energy certificates.
Commenting Olivier Keiser, Chief Sustainability Officer at SONGWON, said, “One of the foundations of our sustainability strategy is to make sure that we endeavor to make all of our business activities as environmentally and economically sustainable as possible. In line with this, we are continually looking inside the organization in our drive to optimize processes, source more efficiently and use resources to reduce SONGWON’s environmental impact. These are just a few examples of some of our most recent successful undertakings.”