Sustainability

As global citizens, we all share a role in shaping a world that is better tomorrow than it is today.

At NOVA Chemicals, we strive to be a leader in innovation that enables our customers to deliver plastic products that make everyday life healthier and safer. We know that plastics add great value to society and have many environmental benefits. We believe businesses like ours can be a positive catalyst for change to address post-use challenges and concerns.

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Through our commitment to sustainability and Responsible Care®, every NOVA Chemicals employee is accountable for health, safety, security and environmental stewardship.

Strategic Focus Areas

To shape a world that is better tomorrow than it is today, our long-term vision for Sustainability includes six Strategic Focus Areas.

Plastics Circular Economy

Plastics Circular Economy

We recognize the value in post-use plastics and work to extend the lifecycle of plastics products and packaging. Along with our industry associations and others, we are committed to enabling 100 percent of plastics packaging is recyclable or recoverable by 2030; and 100 percent of plastics packaging is re-used, recycled or recovered by 2040. We are actively working with our customers to help them design and develop products and packaging to promote a plastics circular economy, utilize recyclable film structures and post-consumer resin (PCR) materials, and maximize source reduction. Working together with others, we strive to create a world free of plastic pollution.

Climate Care

Climate Care

NOVA Chemicals is committed to responsibly managing our environmental emissions with a particular emphasis on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, as well as promoting and maintaining sustainability throughout our operational facilities. We have taken steps to reduce our GHG emissions, achieving a 10 percent decline in intensity between 2014 and 2018. We have voluntarily reported our performance since 1994.

On Clean Air Day, we were a proud recipient of the 2018 Blue Skies Award. Through incorporation of next-generation burner technology and higher efficiency systems, a 30-40 percent reduction in emissions of NOx was realized from each of our refurbished furnaces at our Joffre, Alberta manufacturing facility.

Sustainability Citizenship

Sustainability Citizenship

As a responsible global citizen, NOVA Chemicals will collaborate, provide leadership, and invest in opportunities that promote natural resource conservation and ocean health. We agree that plastic waste does not belong in the environment. NOVA Chemicals is a founding member of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste and a strategic partner of Project STOP (Stop Ocean Plastics). Our employee volunteers have been participating in the Great Canadian Shoreline Clean-up for more than a decade. We believe this is a solvable issue and that companies, governments, NGOs, and consumers all have an important role to play helping to end plastic waste in the environment. Locally, NOVA Chemicals will continue its long tradition of supporting the communities where we have operating facilities.

Sustainability in Operations

Sustainability in Operations

We are committed to promoting and maintaining sustainability in our operations. We will proactively and responsibly manage the water, land and air involved for our operations facilities.

Sustainability Collaborator

Sustainability Collaborator

We are actively pursuing collaboration partners to develop a portfolio of new and emerging sustainability technologies and innovations to more quickly and effectively achieve our sustainability goals.

Sustainability Design and Integration

Sustainability Design and Integration

We will embed sustainability throughout our entire organization, including leadership, organizational design, decision making, actions, strategy, systems and processes.

Sustainability Report

Shaping a better world takes all of us.

NOVA Chemicals is actively engaged with the following organizations and associations.

Operation Clean Sweep® is a registered trademark owned by The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) and the American Chemistry Council (ACC)

Responsible Care is a registered trade mark of the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada.