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  • Sustainability Research
    Research among chemicals industry professionals to measure attitudes towards sustainability
    Prepared by:
    Heather Macleod, Reed Business Insight
    On behalf of:
    Joey Marquart, Genomatica
    June 2009
    Reference Number: 5004
  • Company definition of sustainability
    ‘Which of the following describes how your company defines sustainability?’
    Base: All respondents (977)
    2
  • Importance of sustainability factors
    ‘Please rank each of the following in terms of importance towards sustainability as it applies to your company?’
    Base: All respondents (individual base sizes shown)
    3
  • Company’s sustainability priorities
    ‘Which of the following best describes your company’s top business priority in terms of sustainability?’
    • Manufacturing – 5 mentions
    • Oil – 5 mentions
    • Chemicals – 3 mentions
    Base: All respondents (863)
    4
  • 5
    Most critical short-term priorities
    ‘Which of the following are the most critical short-term priorities for your company?’
    Base: All respondents (849)
  • Most critical long-term priorities
    ‘Which of the following are the most critical long-term priorities for your company?’
    Base: All respondents (825)
    6
  • Company engagement with sustainable chemistry practices
    ‘Is your company already engaged in sustainable chemistry practices?’
    ‘Is your company maintaining the commitment to sustainable chemistry practices during the current economic downturn?’
    Yes 93%
    No 4%
    Don’t know 3%
    Base: Those who are already engaged in sustainable chemistry practices (468)
    Base: All respondents (836)
    7
  • Whether an economic advantage to switching chemical manufacturing process inputs to renewable feedstocks
    ‘In your opinion, is there an economic advantage to switching chemical manufacturing process inputs to renewable feedstocks, like sugars, starches or biomass?’
    Base: All respondents (825)
    8
  • Whether companiesshould reduce exposure to petroleum-based commodity market
    ‘In your opinion, should your company reduce its exposure to the petroleum-based commodity market?’
    Base: All respondents (821)
    9
  • The future of sustainable chemical processes within company
    ‘What of the following best describes your view of sustainable chemical processes within your company in the future?’
    Base: All respondents (804)
    10
  • Most prohibitive component of a sustainable chemical program
    ‘What do you perceive as the most prohibitive component of a sustainable chemical program?’
    Base: All respondents (800)
    11
  • Length of time to launch a sustainable programme to using it at a commercial volume
    ‘In your opinion, how long would it take from launching a sustainable program to using such processes at commercial volume?’
    Average: 6.5 years
    Base: All respondents (787)
    12
  • 13
    Importance to company being a sustainable chemicals
    front-runner
    ‘How important is it for your company to be a front-runner in terms of sustainable chemicals?’
    Mean score: 2.9
    Base: All respondents (796)
  • Customers’ interest in sustainably produced chemicals
    ‘Have your customers expressed interest in sustainably produced chemicals?’
    Base: All respondents (782)
    14
  • Spontaneous awareness of sustainable chemical companies (mentions 3%+)
    ‘When you think of sustainable chemicals, which companies come to mind?’
    Base: All respondents (304)
    15
  • Feedstocks and agents incorporated into processes
    ‘Which of the following feedstocks or agents does your company incorporate into its processes?’
    1 or more 47%
    None 53%
    Base: All respondents incorporating feedstocks or agents into processes (366)
    Base: All respondents (771)
    16
  • Reservations about sustainable chemistry processes
    ‘Which of the following reservations do you have about sustainable chemistry processes?’
    Base: All respondents (772)
    17
  • 18
    Job title (mentions 3%+)
    ‘Which of the following job titles best reflects your position?’
    Strategic functions 31%
    Operational functions 38%
    Base: All respondents (688)
  • 19
    Segments within which company operates (mentions 9%+)
    ‘In which of the following segments does your company operate?’
    Base: All respondents (748)
  • 20
    Total global revenue of company
    ‘What is the total global revenue of your company?’
    Average $3.8 billion
    Base: All respondents (758)
  • Region company based in
    ‘In which region is your company based?’
    Base: All respondents (745)
    21
  • 22
    Key findings / 1 …
    • The most critical short-term priorities were found to be raw materials sourcing/pricing, strategic cost reductions and maximising cash flow. While from a long-term view, new product development, increasing shareholder value and raw materials sourcing/pricing were the priorities. Sugars/other carbohydrates are the feedstocks and agents most likely to be incorporated currently into processes. Over half of company’s define sustainability as “environmental qualities of end products” or “carbon footprint of internal processes”.
    • Just under half say that sustainability is a company wide priority, although another quarter say it is a management priority. Two in three indicate environmental qualities of end products and carbon footprint of internal processes are very important factors towards sustainability.
    • Over half of respondent companies are already engaged in sustainable chemistry practices, with the significant majority of these maintaining this commitment during the economic downturn. Indeed almost three quarters of the sample feel it is important for their company to be a front-runner in terms of sustainable chemicals. Three in ten are already giving sustainable chemical processes priority, while four in ten say that it’s a long term priority.
  • 23
    Key findings / 2 …
    • BASF was the company most likely to spring to mind spontaneously when thinking of a sustainable chemical company.
    • The greatest reservation around sustainable chemistry processes is future pricing of feedstock. Cost is the most prohibitive component of a sustainable chemical program, followed by technical capabilities. Almost half consider there to be an economic advantage to switching chemical manufacturing process inputs to renewable feedstocks, while almost six in ten feel that their company should reduce its exposure to the petroleum-based commodity market.
    • Respondents indicated that almost six in ten of their customers had expressed interest in sustainably produced chemicals.
    • In terms of timescale, the majority (almost half of the sample) feel it would take less than 10 years to go from launching a sustainable program to using such processes at commercial volume. However, over a third believe it would take less than 5 years. The average is 6.5 years.