Chemical Raw Materials - 25.09.2018

Worlée fully in line with the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations

The Lauenburg company wins Responsible Care Award at the federal level.

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Four chemical companies received the Responsible Care Award of the German chemical industry association Verband der Chemischen Industrie (VCI) – for their projects as exemplary contributions to the sustainability goals of the United Nations (UN). The award ceremony took place in Ludwigshafen. One of the first prize winners was Worlée-Chemie GmbH from Lauenburg.

Worlée had already received the Responsible Care Price from VCI North in the spring of this year – in August, the project managers collected the award. The winners from the regional associations continued on in the competition with their respective projects to compete for the nationwide Responsible Care Prize, which was awarded by the German national VCI. Worlée also distinguished itself at this national level and was most pleased to accept its award. 

The motto of the Responsible Care competition 2018 was “Our contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”. The Responsible Care programme is an integral part of Chemistry3, the industry’s sustainability initiative. In view of the wide range of contestant projects, the jury of independent experts agreed to award for the first time three first prizes of equal standing. Furthermore, with the special mid-sized company award the VCI expressed for the fourth time its appreciation for a project by an enterprise of that size.

Another first prize was awarded to Worlée-Chemie from Lauenburg for the project “Value chain based on sustainable and regionally produced renewable raw materials” as a contribution to the UN SDG 12 “Responsible Consumption and Production”. Worlée-Chemie has already emphasised in the past its commitment to sustainable production of renewable raw materials through a cooperation with the Leuphana University (Lüneburg). Together with its partner DAW, Worlée is now working on a project to build a sustainable value chain based on indigenous camelina. This project is supported by the German Federal Ministry for Environ¬ment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety. For the production of camelina oil, from which an alkyd resin emulsion for the subsequent manufac¬ture of wood care products is obtained, the company has established a large-scale mixed crop cultivation of peas and camelina. This results in fewer weeds, the camelina acts as a climbing aid for the peas, and the use of insecticides can be reduced. Flowering camelina also provides nourishment for endangered insect species. It is worth noting that mixed crop cultivation avoids competition with agricul¬tural areas for food production. Substituting mineral oil by a sustainable raw material is an important step in sustainable consumption. These extra effects have positive ecological impacts that were greatly valued by the jury.

‘We were extremely pleased to have been once again awarded the Responsible Care Prize from VCI North this year. Now we are proud to also be included as one of the winners of the national Responsible Care competition. This award further strengthens our intention to continue deepening our committed efforts in the area of sustainability’, states Joachim Freude, Managing Director of Worlée-Chemie. 

As of 3:30 pm, a photo of the Responsible Care award winners will be available for download here, and a video about the projects of the Responsible Care award winners can be found here.

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