​​​​Goals and progress

As with everything we do, our approach to each of these topics is driven by innovation.

These goals build on the progress we achieved in pursuit of our previous targets, which expired at the end of 2019. Many of these goals we hit, and some we did not. In every case, we have gained crucial insights into our operations and our footprint. And as we further embed sustainability into our company, we will continue to improve across the board and report our progress annually using metrics that are most meaningful for our business.


​GoalProgress details
​Drive Eastman to innovate more sustainably advantaged products​In 2019, we completed sustainability assessments of approximately 33% of our innovation pipeline. Approximately 76% of our innovation pipeline assessed is classified as sustainably advantaged or leadership level, with approximately one-third of those rated as leadership — our highest level.

Assessments adhere to the Framework for Portfolio Sustainability Assessments created with eight other chemical companies and managed by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. They are completed collaboratively in a facilitated setting guided by the corporate sustainability team.

Building on this success, we have set a 2030 sustainability goal: 100% of our innovation portfolio will be assessed using our Sustainability Assessment tool with 80% of the portfolio achieving an advantaged or leader rating.
​Drive Eastman portfolio toward more sustainable offerings​From our cellulose esters to our recent molecular recycling innovations, sustainability is inherent in all of our efforts as we seek to accelerate the circular economy.

In addition to the progress we reported last year on capability building, we have launched automated tools to facilitate assessment completion and reporting.

We have committed to focusing our innovations, addressing sustainability needs. By 2030, 80% of revenue from innovation projects will support advancement of sustainability in their markets.

See the innovation, circularity and climate sections of this report for more information about our sustainable offerings.
​Improve energy efficiency of operations by 20% by 2020 against the 2008 baseline​In 2019, energy intensity improved 12.3% compared to the 2008 baseline, a 1.4% improvement over 2018. Eastman follows U.S. Department of Energy energy intensity baseline and tracking guidance to quantify percent improvement. The measure is normalized for weather and production. For additional context: due to resource constraints and a move to more specialty chemicals and materials, which tend to be more energy intensive, energy intensity improvement began to plateau. Recognizing this trend, a pilot effort was initiated at Eastman’s largest plant site (Kingsport, Tenn.) to add additional chemical process expertise to the effort and shift emphasis to the demand side. In addition, steam and power optimizers have been implemented at Eastman’s two largest sites (Kingsport and Longview, Texas).
​Reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions per unit of production (GHG intensity) by 20% by 2020 against the 2008 baseline​In 2019, GHG intensity measured 0.75 of CO2eq per kg of production, which represents a nearly 24% reduction compared to the baseline, exceeding our 2020 goal.
​Increase water use efficiency and ensure sustainable withdrawals and supply

​While water is a basic need for our manufacturing operations, Eastman is committed to increasing water efficiency. Recycling water in manufacturing operations reduces water demand and raw water treatment costs and enhances energy and water efficiency.

At our largest plant site in Kingsport, Tenn., we’re focused on minimizing municipal water use. Updates include:

  • Development of plans to survey our largest plant site for municipal water leaks with plans to eliminate the leaks as they are found.
  • Conversion to low flow fixtures, which is in progress.
  • Replacement of irrigation controllers with WaterSense irrigation controllers.

Another of our largest sites in Springfield, Mass., reported using at least 255 megaliters less municipal water.

Water withdrawals increased by almost 6% in 2019 compared to 2018 due to identification of a previously unreported once-through cooling stream, which is returned to the environment. Identification of this additional stream was likely due to increased rigor around reporting.

​Reduce total number of reportable releases by 25% by 2020 against the 2010 baseline​In 2019, we had 48 reportable releases, a reduction of 21% compared to the 2010 baseline. Eastman set an ambitious reportable release goal in support of its continuing commitment to prevent any releases to the environment. Eastman is driving a zero-incident mindset (ZIM) at our all our facilities. This means our goal is zero deviations from our regulatory obligations, including zero releases — reportable or otherwise. We made great progress on this goal and continue our never-ending commitment to a ZIM.
​Reduce volatile organic compounds (VOC) by 15% by 2020 against the 2010 baseline​2019 VOC emissions decreased 11% compared to the baseline. Eastman set this aspirational goal because its two largest sites, Kingsport and Longview, Texas, were in areas challenged to meet the ground-level ozone standard. Studies show it is more important to reduce NOx emissions in heavily vegetated, rural areas like Kingsport and Longview to address ozone. Accordingly, Eastman focused on reducing its NOx emissions by 45%, far surpassing its NOx emission reduction goal of 20% over its 2010 baseline. While we anticipate further NOx reduction, we are unlikely to meet this 2020 VOC reduction goal.
​Reduce toxic release inventory (TRI) emissions to the air by 25% by 2020 against the 2010 baseline​Eastman continues to make great progress toward this goal, having reduced 2019 TRI air emissions by 20% compared to the 2010 baseline. A significant portion of these reductions came from the conversion of the Kingsport, Tenn., site's largest powerhouse from coal to natural gas combustion completed in 2018. We anticipate further reduction of TRI emissions but are unlikely to meet this 2020 goal.
​Reduce hazardous waste (indexed to production) by 15% by 2020 against the 2010 baseline​2019 hazardous waste indexed to production increased 7% compared to the 2010 baseline. Eastman’s two largest and most heavily integrated sites, Kingsport and Lonview, Texas, are responsible for the vast majority of the company’s hazardous waste. Both sites operate reliable, state-of-the-art hazardous waste treatment units that ensure this waste is managed in a manner that avoids adverse impacts on people and the planet. In addition, our operations are already very efficient at minimizing waste, making further reductions difficult. Since these volumes are already optimized and being responsibly managed, Eastman was unable to identify cost-effective measures by which it could further reduce the volumes generated. We have instead chosen to focus our resources in other areas where we can meaningfully reduce the impact of our operations on our environment.
​Maintain our strong commitment to a zero-incident mindset

​Our zero-incident mindset encompasses all aspects of operational excellence, including personal safety and process safety. In 2018, we established process safety targets for each of our business segments and integrated process safety into our business leadership teams. We understand that any process safety event is unacceptable in a zero-incident mindset, and serious events have the potential to impact all of our stakeholders. We track process safety incidents as defined by the American Chemistry Council.

Additionally, we have shifted our personal safety focus to track and report serious injuries and fatalities (SIF) and potential SIFs, giving us a new tool to track leading indicators and assess potential risks to prevent incidents before they occur. Our efforts have helped us improve our global process-safety incident rate as we target exceeding industry peer performance in this area. We have improved our incident rate to 0.13 as we continue to work toward achieving top quartile performance.

2019 Global Recordable Injury Rate was 0.81 against target of 0.54.



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