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Manufacturing and a healthy environment aren’t mutually exclusive. We believe that responsible management of our environmental resources is vital to both a healthy environment and sustainable value creation.

To us, sustainability shouldn’t be a buzzword.

The sustainability of a business depends on the responsible stewardship of the resources it requires to operate. Across our companies, sustainability means constantly innovating: To make products using fewer resources. To keep people safe and protect the environment. To minimize waste. To reduce energy intensity. To manage supply chains responsibly. To create better pollution prevention technology for us and others.

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of production related waste was recycled, recovered or treated

In 2016, Koch reporting facilities produced approximately 611 million pounds of production related waste (PRW). Of that, 92 percent (566 million pounds) of PRW was recycled, recovered for energy or treated.

Products made responsibly and efficiently.

It’s one thing to say you have a commitment to environmental responsibility, but quite another to demonstrate it. The latest (2015) TRI report from the Environmental Protection Agency reflects how Koch companies have managed their production related waste across industry sectors.

Production related waste generated by our manufacturing operations is managed according to waste management programs that are tailored to each company or facility and designed to meet all applicable regulatory requirements and to protect human health and the environment.

At Koch, we work to make products people rely on in the most efficient way possible — using fewer resources without compromising on quality.

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At Koch, average CO2e per site has decreased by 13 percent from 2010 to 2015, reflecting our commitment to improving our processes.

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New Source Reduction Activities

Source reduction activities reduce or eliminate waste throughout the production process.

2017 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year

As our American manufacturing sites create better products using fewer resources, we continually challenge ourselves to do more with less. In 2017, Koch was named ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – the Environmental Protection Agency’s highest honor. We’ve invested $600 million into energy saving initiatives, and we'll continue to do so. Over the last five years, we’ve saved enough energy to power 360,000 households for an entire year.

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Wildlife Habitat Council

Thirteen Koch sites comprising of 311,000 acres have earned Wildlife Habitat Council Certification for commitment to habitat conservation and environmental education. Koch Industries received the 2015 Conservation Education Award for Sustained Excellence in Conservation & Education Outreach.

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Leadership in Sustainability

As a part of the American Forestry & Paper Association’s Better Practices Better Planet 2020 program, Georgia-Pacific received the Leader in Sustainability Awards for its comprehensive energy management program across all its manufacturing facilities.

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Waste Water Treatment

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has recognized Flint Hills Resources Pine Bend refinery as an Outstanding Waste Water Treatment Operator.

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“At Koch, we believe the role of business in society is to provide products and services that help people improve their lives, while continually using fewer resources and respecting the environment.”

Sheryl Corrigan, Director of Environmental, Health & Safety

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Our people, our stories.

It is always our policy, and it’s in our best interest, to operate in environmentally responsible ways. Our devotion to environmental practices is demonstrated daily by our employees throughout their communities.

Ways we work to be responsible.

In our view, the role of business in society is to create products and services people want and need, but to do so responsibly. This means finding ways to use fewer resources, operating safely, protecting the environment and always acting ethically.