At Eastman, we continuously strive to protect the environment in the communities where we operate, as well as
through understanding the environmental impact of our products. As a manufacturer of chemicals since 1920 and
a Responsible Care® company for more than 25 years, we have comprehensive guidelines and processes in place
for reducing energy usage and minimizing our environmental footprint.
Eastman’s global environmental affairs team leads the charge for Eastman’s environmental focus. Through their
work each day, Eastman maintains operations and provides expertise and insight across the value chain. Guided
by Eastman’s environmental policy, the global environmental affairs team delivers compliance and insight to
maintain sustainable operations and continually make improvements to Eastman’s products and processes. The
expertise of this global team enables Eastman to be a responsible environmental steward while minimizing the
company’s footprint and conserving natural resources in a cost-effective manner. This team works tirelessly to
understand and comply with an increasingly complex web of applicable environmental laws, regulations and
policies. It also works to understand and proactively manage emerging issues, which allows Eastman’s
businesses to focus on growth and innovation.
Not only does this deliver productivity gains for our business, it contributes to our regulatory compliance
and reduces our environmental footprint. We have set clear, measurable targets for energy intensity,
greenhouse gas emissions and water conservation. We also focus our efforts to reduce waste, enable a
sustainable supply chain and continually understand the impact of our products on the environment through life
cycle assessments. This is an ongoing effort. As our company continues to grow, we have more opportunity for
The men and women of Eastman take environmental stewardship to heart. We understand that maintaining safe,
sustainable operations not only impacts our company but our communities, the environment and our collective
future. We also value the importance of collaboration to drive change, both internally with our businesses and
functions as well as externally with academia, environmental agencies and organizations, customers and our
Greenhouse gas and other emissions
While the nature of our business and manufacturing processes requires large amounts of energy, we remain
committed to implementing innovative solutions to maximize our energy efficiency and reduce our
Energy efficiency is a critical component of our sustainability strategy, which is why we work tirelessly to
develop innovative approaches to natural resource management.
The industrial processes we have in place help minimize our water usage by treating it to meet specific
purposes in the manufacturing cycle and recycling water whenever possible.
Eastman uses a life cycle assessment (LCA) to analyze the potential environmental impacts of our products
throughout their life cycles and the value chain — from raw material extraction to manufacture and, when
possible, downstream retail and distribution, consumer use and end of life.
In keeping with Eastman’s circular economy efforts, waste management at Eastman begins in order of preference
with source reduction and reuse, recycling, energy recovery and the last option, treatment and disposal. The
global audit team, with the assistance of internal and external environmental experts, routinely audits
Eastman’s third-party service providers (recycling facilities, energy recovery facilities, solid and hazardous
waste treatment and disposal facilities, etc.) to ensure they are managing Eastman’s materials in an
appropriate, responsible manner and in accordance with regulatory requirements.
As a responsible local neighbor and a global company committed to sustainability, Eastman is committed to
conserve and protect natural resources, including wildlife habitats. Read more
Audits of our HSES Management System is a key tool in a Zero-Incident Mindset culture. Eastman's
approach to assessing our HSES Management System is a tiered approach and begins with employee responsibility
to comply with company policies and procedures. Read