Core Topics

According to the definition by the UN World Commission on Environment and Development, Sustainability is a universal concept – there are no different types of Sustainability. The most sustainable way of doing things is that way that least compromises the ability of future generations to meet all their needs.

Sustainability presumes that resources are finite, and should be used conservatively and wisely with a view to long-term priorities and consequences of the ways in which resources are utilised.

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HMC Polymers' Focus on Sustainability

For HMC Polymers, Sustainability comprises subjects including HSE Management Systems and reporting, our energy usage and its environmental impact, product stewardship and our responsibility for the wise use of resources. We collaborate with authorities and communities to ensure that products made from HMC materials are responsibly used and disposed.

Plastics provide benefits to the environment including lower shipping weight and lower carbon footprint in manufacture than alternative materials – but the many benefits are being over-shadowed by the serious issue of plastic waste in the ocean. We believe the issue of marine litter must be solved, quickly and decisively.

While there is increasing attention on issues surrounding global sustainability we maintain national responses should be multi-faceted. In many countries those responses are not yet fully activated, or aligned on priorities and best practice solutions.

Likewise, much of the media reporting on problems such as marine litter often suggest simplified responses which would exacerbate the larger problem of greenhouse gas emissions.

The Core Topics section provides a location for authoritative information on this important subject.

Sustainability Topics
Martyn Tickner on the Dilemma Facing the War on Waste
Reduce marine pollution or carbon emissions? That is the tough choice at the heart of the plastic crisis, argues Martyn Tickner, the former President of HMC Polymers and petrochemicals veteran who recently joined an industry-funded alliance to combat plastic waste. Eco-Business interviews Khun Martyn who discusses the problems, the solutions and the focus of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste.
HMC Handbook | The Fundamentals of Sustainability in the Plastics Industry
Written by HMC Polymers' Business Innovation Manager, Dr. Andreas Neumann, this publication provides a comprehensive view of the subject of Sustainability and the Circular Economy in the Plastics Industry. Dr. Neumann brings an international viewpoint to the serious plastics-related issues plastics facing the global environment; initial responses and their effectiveness; alternative solutions and a description of the Circular Economy model and Life Cycle Assessment. The manual may be read online or downloaded as a PDF file. In addition, a hard copy can be made available on request.
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HMC President Interview | Plastics Institute of Thailand
Former HMC President Martyn Tickner was invited by the Plastics Institute of Thailand (PITH) to submit an article discussing the role of plastics in the environment, both with respect to the environmental benefits of plastic, and describing approaches for the elimination of plastic waste particularly in the oceans, an issue with strong relevance to Thailand.
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ICIS World Polyolefins Conference | Keynote Paper
Former HMC President Martyn Tickner gave an overview of polyolefin production and consumption in SEA with insight into how new capacities and trade tariffs will affect import and export flows. Also, consideration of the extent to which the sustainability initiatives, economic or geo-political influences could change the status quo.
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  HMC Sustainability Video | The Circular Economy
“Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” The video describes global environmental problems, current strategies to address those issues and a review on their level of effectiveness. Also, the video content offers a reminder of the many eco-friendly benefits that plastics provide and proven sustainable methods of maintaining those essential advantages while ensuring a low ecological impact through the principles of the Circular Economy.
HMC Customer Event Seminar | Pushing the Boundaries of PP
June, 2018. HMC Polymers was pleased to welcome over 100 customers and 60 agents to the annual HMC customer seminar: Toward a Sustainable Future.The event also discussed the global and regional economic outlook with respect to our industry, and included the presentation given by Dr. Andreas Neumann, HMC Senior Department Manager, Business Innovation and Technology, "Pushing the Boundaries of PP" which discussed new HMC PP products, capabilities and innovative directions currently in the pipeline.
Polypropylene | Pushing the Boundaries
PP is one of the world’s most used plastics. It’s used in applications including piping systems, consumer and industrial products, flexible and rigid packaging, auto parts, film, fibres, textiles and medical products. HMC Polymers manufactures over 810 kt of PP grades per year designed for the full spectrum of end-use product applications and the full list of essential plastics manufacturing processes.
Polypropylene | Circular Economy Ready
PP is one of the world’s most used and most recycled plastics. HMC’s advanced PP products help to save water, reduce material usage, reduce waste and lower emissions – but we need to use and dispose of it responsibly. Already, countries in Europe are connecting society with industry and regulators to create a Circular Economy for plastics with the added benefit of low impact on global warming.