Cryotech Deicing Technology Sustainability Policy

Vision

Cryotech strives to manufacture superior products and provide exceptional service to customers, continually improving the foundation for the future. Sustainability at Cryotech stems from core business values that guide its day-to-day operations as well as long term goals and planning.

Principles

  • Maintaining a sound, profitable, and enduring business
  • Participating in environmentally preferred activities
  • Ensuring processes, products, and manufacturing practices adequately address current environmental concerns while considering future needs
  • Meeting the needs of customers, employees, and stakeholders

Approach

Cryotech’s sustainability team coordinates and facilitates activities related to three pillars of sustainability:

  • Business - Sound and ethical business practices (products, market, brand, profit, and corporate)
  • Environment - Responsible stewardship of resources (energy, materials, and natural resources)
  • People - Engage stakeholders (employees, customers, suppliers, distributors, community, and regulators)

Cryotech uses the ISO 9001 Quality and ISO 14001 Environmental Standards to systematize its approach to sustainability.

Objectives

  • Create innovative approaches to minimizing environmental impacts in the areas of waste, energy, water, and air quality
  • Ensure every aspect of the supply chain has responsibly integrated social and environmental practices
  • Improve economic performance by streamlining operations
  • Give back to the community by volunteering and donating resources

Actions and Results

  • Business
    • Growing consistently over 20 years
    • Maintaining ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certifications through internal and external audits
    • Commercializing products made from renewable resources
    • Funding research into the development of environmentally friendly products
    • Working with customers to maximize chemical effectiveness and reduce environmental impacts
    • Participating with other businesses and local industries in “Sustainability Circles” for learning and sharing of best practices
    • Providing a recycling program for customers return of product containers such as totes and drums
    • Minimizing environmental costs of shipping and support to local communities by producing liquid deicers regionally and utilizing product storage facilities throughout the U.S.
    • Distributing product and company information to customers via a link and/or website
  • Environment
    • Applying the 4R’s (refuse/reduce/reuse/recycle) in manufacturing
    • Recycling when available
      • Paper, cardboard, shrink-wrap, CD’s/DVD’s, printer cartridges, ink and toner cartridges, and used toner are recycled on-site
      • Spent aerosol cans and batteries are recycled with an outside vendor
      • Rechargeable batteries are used – computers recycled
    • Reducing and maximizing lighting, appliances, and electronics
      • Replacement of inefficient lighting with US EPA Energy Star systems and LED fixtures
      • Since 2007, lighting upgrades alone have reduced carbon emissions by 160 ton/year
      • Replacement of appliances with Energy Star rated units
    • Focusing on numerous environmental improvement objectives
      • Containment of raw material storage tanks
      • Improving environmental aspects of products
      • Computerization of maintenance work lists, stock items, etc.
      • Ordering MRO (maintenance, repair, and operating) supplies and raw materials electronically
      • Selecting specific products for purchase to minimize waste; i.e., one brand and color of spray paint
      • Maintaining electronic customer documents and utilizing on-line ordering systems
      • Utilizing copiers with duplex printing options
      • Accessing internal web and server sites by employees for information updates and document management
      • Purchasing alternatives to aerosol products when available
    • Environmentally Preferable Product Attributes
      • Introduction of Cryotech E36® and NAAC® Runway Deicers to the industry to improve the environmental impact of the existing approved runway products such as glycols and urea
      • Development of Cryotech BX36® Liquid Runway Deicer, the first bio-based fluid introduced to the market and approved for runway use, containing 75% bio-based content with a corn derived raw material
      • Invention of Cryotech Polar Plus® LT, a Type I Aircraft Deicer that uses bio-based raw materials and is specially formulated to have very low aquatic toxicity
      • Maintaining high product environmental standards with Cryotech deicers that are non-hazardous, non-toxic, carcinogen-free, and heavy metal free
    • Production
      • Production of solid deicers utilizes a zero waste process
      • Resizing of steam traps to reduce boiler gas usage by 15 – 20% for improved natural gas efficiency
      • Replacement of oversized, inefficient pumps in liquid production area
      • Installation of variable speed pumps to maximize efficiency
      • Replacement of conveyors and bucket elevators with more energy efficient methods saving over 100 hp in electric usage
      • Supply of utility air by a variable speed air compressor that uses waste heat from the compressor to dry the air
      • Purchasing of bio-based raw materials including a bio-propylene glycol used in Cryotech Polar Plus® and Cryotech Polar Guard® Advance Aircraft Deicers, as well as a corn-based propanediol (PDO) product used in BX36 Runway Deicer
  • People
    • Promoting employee health and wellness through the Energize Wellness Program and monthly safety meetings
    • Incorporation of ergonomic office furniture to minimize stress and injury
    • Creating and maintaining strong employee, customer, and supplier partnerships
    • Participating in industry groups that drive new standards for products and environmental performance
    • Encouraging employee volunteering and community involvement – Relay for Life, United Way, local Food Pantry, and Blood Drives