Cabot top ‘Energy Efficiency Frontrunner’ in China
Top listing in the China Petroleum and Chemical Industry Federation’s 2013 ‘Energy Efficiency Frontrunner’ rating for the carbon black manufacturing sector has gone to Cabot Corporation. Local operation Cabot Chemical (Tianjin) Co., Ltd participated in the benchmark ranking for the first time in 2013 and was named the leading carbon black company in China in terms of energy efficiency. Cabot is the first multinational company to take part in the ranking.
“As safety, health and environment are paramount to Cabot, we are employing world class process technology to help increase the efficient use of raw materials and reduce our reliance on fossil fuels,” commented Jeff Zhu, Cabot’s senior vice-president and president of the Asia Pacific Region. “We believe our strong commitment and investment to reduce our energy consumption, coupled with our strong working relationship with government regulators and neighbouring communities, will enable us to become a more sustainable manufacturer and an example for the Chinese chemical industry.”
Cabot says it has invested heavily in resource and energy conservation measures at its Tianjin operations. Amongst the infrastructure built through this investment are energy centres that produce steam by combusting tail gas emissions that result from plant processes; this steam is used to generate electricity for use at the plant. According to Cabot, the Tianjin site’s energy centre saves approximately 300 million kWh of energy output from a thermal power plant per year, the equivalent of 92,000 tons of coal.
“Our Tianjin facility is the only integrated carbon black manufacturing site in China to implement the most advanced, state-of-the-art technology. The facility not only meets the national standard in China, but is elevating the benchmark for the carbon black industry from both an energy savings and emission reduction perspective,” said Shen Yi, Cabot’s president of Greater China.