Responsible Care & Sustainability


Commitment to the protection of human health, safety and the environment is a top priority at NOVA Chemicals. This commitment is not only grounded in our communities’, customers’ and employees’ rightful expectations – we are a strong proponent of the idea that clean, safe, vigilant practices are essential to business excellence. If we use all of our resources – natural and human – wisely and efficiently, we will thrive and prosper. Not just today, but for the long run.

Responsible Care® principles were developed by the chemical industry to ensure the safest possible management of chemical products throughout their entire life cycle. Like other Responsible Care companies, our environmental management systems are regularly reviewed, rated and improved.

We have focused significant effort and resources on reporting and managing our emissions and wastes. We participate in the National Emissions Reduction Masterplan (CIAC), the Toxic Release Inventory (U.S. EPA), Toxics Reduction Act (Ontario Ministry of Environment), the National Pollutant Release Inventory (Environment Canada), and Canada’s Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reporting programs (Environment Canada, Alberta Environment and Ontario Ministry of Environment). Beginning in 1994 we annually communicate our GHG emissions performance and our ongoing commitment to energy efficiency and emissions improvement.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions 2014 Report

UPDATED: September 24, 2019

Greenhouse Gas Emissions 2014 Report


In 1999, we established a goal of reducing our GHG released per unit of product manufactured and have reduced our direct GHG emissions intensity from our chemical facilities by almost 18% from 1999 to 2010, and estimate a further reduction of 20% by 2020.

NOVA Chemicals is committed to lead the industry with profitable, environmentally responsible products through optimal processes, resource use and stewardship.

To achieve these objectives, five main approaches are being employed:

  • mimimize the potential environmental risk associated with our products during their lifecycle
  • conserve resources
  • minimize emissions and wastes
  • proactively manage emerging environmental issues
  • achieve a sustainable competitive advantage through the effective use of technology to address environmental issues

We are committed to being a leader in achieving and maintaining superior Responsible Care performance.

Social Responsibility

You’ll find more information about NOVA Chemicals and Responsible Care in the Social Responsibility section of the NOVA Chemicals website.

For more information about the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada, visit the CIAC website.


2019 Toxic Reduction Public Report

UPDATED: September 30, 2020

NOVA Chemicals’ Sarnia-Lambton 2019 Toxic Reduction Public Report

Toxic Reduction Plan Summary (Phase 2) – 2013

UPDATED: September 24, 2019

NOVA Chemicals’ Sarnia-Lambton Toxic Reduction Plan Summary (Phase 2) – 2013

Toxic Reduction Plan Summary (Phase 1) – 2012

UPDATED: September 24, 2019

NOVA Chemicals’ Sarnia-Lambton Toxic Reduction Plan Summary (Phase 1) – 2012


Health and Safety

The health and safety of our employees and the community is among our top priorities. NOVA Chemicals is prepared for unexpected, industry-related emergencies both within and outside our sites.

The Emergency Medical Response Protocol is an award-winning NOVA Chemicals plan that details the necessary response and care measures taken by trained NOVA Chemicals’ personnel and community medical, police and paramedical services should the need ever arise.

Sarnia-Lambton’s Community Awareness Emergency Response organization, CAER, is a mutual aid model that is considered a best practice world-wide.

Community Awareness Emergency Response – CAER