Our Sustainability Ambitions Towards Carbon Neutrality

2025 Global Commitment
Recycling 750,000 tons of post-consumer PET materials as feedstock into our polyester production per year
Recycling 50 billion bottles per year
Sustainability Investments
US$1.5 billion
investments for sustainability objectives
Circular Economy
Integrating the circular economy concept into IVL’s operations
Partnering with organizations to intensify our contributions to the circular economy
reduction in water intensity by 2025
reduction in combined GHG (Scope 1 & 2) intensity by 2025
Renewable Electricity
10% by 2025
25% by 2030
waste diverted from landfill by 2025
reduction in energy intensity by 2025
Contributing to the

* Base year 2020

Environmental Projects and Social Process Innovation (2017-2020)

Energy Efficiency
Green House Gas reduction
Process efficiency
Water efficiency
Spill prevention

Environmental Return on Investment (EROI)

We are committed to effectively managing our environmental footprint. Every year, we invest in initiatives that have a positive environmental impact as well as cost-savings. All of our investments undergo a feasibility and financial analysis to ensure that each of our projects are sustainable. Through our Management Information System (MIS), we track our capital expenditures, operating expenditures, cost-savings and environmental impacts for all of our projects. We are continually improving our MIS and therefore improving its coverage of our plants as well as our projects.

We also implemented other non-energy related projects such as water savings, reducing use of raw materials, chemicals, and feedstock consumption, reducing wastewater sludge disposal, and a reduction in other waste in our processes which helped in cutting emissions.

Environmental Project Expenditures

The graph above summarizes the expenses and savings related to environmental projects from 2017 to 2020, which cover our overall operation. Our EROI projects include Energy Efficiency, Green House Gas reduction, Process Efficiency, Water Efficiency, Waste Reduction, Spill Prevention, Air Emission Reductions and others.

Environmental Non-compliance cases

We have a consistent and organized environmental compliance management system in place and are proactive throughout the year in ensuring that our operations are in accordance with all applicable environmental laws, regulations, standards and other requirements.

In 2020, there were no incidents of major regulatory non-compliance (greater than US$100,000). However, there were the following two cases at our plants in the Netherlands and the United States respectively:

  • Distribution of plastic scraps outside the premises (US$590 penalty)
  • VOCs and Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs) released (US$22,357 penalty)

Corrective actions were taken in both cases and the lessons learned were shared with all concerned in the group as part of our knowledge sharing efforts. We are currently implementing a regulatory compliance system to provide better visibility to regulatory requirements and real time compliance status reports at every operating location.

Operational Eco-efficiency and Environmental Return on Investment

To reduce avoidable environmental impacts, asset maintenance will ensure optimal operation. This, and other investments, will be monitored using Environmental Return on Investment (EROI) calculations. Besides our own businesses, we will also minimize such impacts from non-managed operations and joint ventures by engaging with our partners and stakeholders.

As a part of improving our operational eco-efficiency we are committed to reducing GHG, air emissions, and continue certifying all of our operated sites to the ISO 14001 standard to ensure standardization across all sites with regards to environmental management.

Supply Chain Management

We are now selecting contractors and suppliers based on their environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance. The ESG performance of current suppliers will be reviewed regularly and we expect to collaborate with our customers to reduce any environmental impact from logistics to support a circular economy.

Waste Management

We want to manage our waste in a responsible manner and exceed regulatory requirements where possible. We have strict compliance standards in place to manage waste at sites. This includes proper waste accounting by name, type and code (as required by law), storage location, methods of off-site transportation, treatment and disposal. We record the quantity of waste generated, stored onsite and disposed of onsite and off-site, committing ourselves to waste reduction and disposal by using partners who can reuse, recover or recycle waste, thus reducing hazardous waste and ensuring that its disposal is handled by qualified vendors.

Sustainable Growth

In order to grow sustainably, we use the criteria set out in our environment policy when conducting due diligence prior to mergers and acquisitions as well as when planning Greenfield expansions.

Renewable Energy

IVL looks for opportunities to replace fossil fuels used in our own processes. We are increasing the use of renewable energy across our business as natural resources are finite and we recognize the need to lower our dependency on carbon-based energy production. Four of our plants, Orion Global Pet in Lithuania, Indorama Ventures Quimica in Spain, Wellman International in Ireland and UTT Technische Textilien in Germany are using 100% renewable electricity. Indorama Holdings in Lopburi, Thailand, installed a 5MW solar power plant to generate renewable energy. Additional renewable electricity projects are being implemented and will be completed in 2019. IVL continues to explore further possibilities to increase the our of renewable energy. We are committed to sourcing more electricity from renewable sources at our sites.

In 2020, Our use of renewable energy is around 1.77 million GJ resulting in saving of 87,227 tCO2e. We also consumed biogas and biomass as alternative renewable fuels in our processes. Moreover, our biogas consumption increased 8% from the 2019 level.

Product Stewardship

We are committed to lowering our combined Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions intensity by 6% by 2020 against our 2013 baseline. To support this commitment we have provided GHG inventory training to all of our relevant staff and have completed our global GHG inventory.

As a circular economy relies substantially on recycling materials, leading to less water, energy and virgin material consumption, we expect to lower GHG emissions. Environmental impacts can be minimized at each stage during the product design, manufacture, handling, and transportation steps. We are now proactively seeking out solutions to environmental challenges where GHG accounting, climate change risk mitigation and innovation become part of our strategy.

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Product Stewardship


We at IVL see the recycling of PET at the very core of our contribution to the global effort to create a Circular Economy, a system where the use of virgin resources are minimized and materials are recycled over and over again. Expanding and improving recycling are important ways to help address climate change.

Recycling Business

As the world's largest producer of PET, Indorama Ventures has reacted to the challenge on resource management issue as well as on the requirement for sustainable packaging from our world-class customers by establishing the recycling business. Our recycled products are bottle flakes, recycled PET or rPET and recycled fibers.

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Recycled Products

We entered the recycling business in 2011, and provide the production facilities that transform post-consumer PET bottles into flakes, rPET resins and recycled polyester yarns.

Other Initiatives

Apart of our recycling business, we have also initiated many projects concerning to the environment issues. We have run the educational projects on waste segregation, motivation on upcycling and the raise of awareness in 3R.