Chemicals aims to fully comply with environmental legislation and
has governmental consents for all its on-site operations.
The company objective is to identify areas where the environmental
impact of their operations can be reduced, and to take appropriate
action where possible.
consideration is taken when selecting raw materials. Commercial
factors, such as cost and performance, are balanced against any
possible effects on the environment.
and detergents (tensides) used in Clover Chemicals’ products
comply with the very strict European legislation on
biodegradability (Regulation EC No. 648/2004). This
legislation covers the primary biodegradability and final
biodegradation of products.
can biodegrade into harmless materials, but also potentially
into harmful materials. Sometimes the biodegradation products
are more harmful than the existing products. Thus, not only
biodegradability but also the harm that can be caused by
biodegradation products must be considered. Clover Chemicals
Ltd researches these factors when formulating new products to
ensure that the products are of minimum impact to the
Chemicals do not purchase or use Nonylphenolethoxylates (NPEs).
NPEs, although biodegradable, have suspect breakdown products
and are thus banned from use in the EU (but not other areas of
the world). It is an offense, punishable by a prison sentence
to stock products or to sell them in the EU if they contain
(Volatile Organic Compounds)
Chemicals Ltd research and implement alternatives to the use
of Volatile Organic Compounds in their products. Volatile
Organic Compounds are harmful to the environment as they do
not have a simple biodegradation route and can build up in the
and Chlorinated Solvents
Chemicals Ltd do not use these harmful products or any raw
materials containing them.
the products manufactured by Clover Chemicals are free from
Chemicals Ltd is committed to reducing packaging waste. The company
is a member of Valpak and Raepak to ensure compliance with waste
recovery schemes in the UK and Ireland.
products sold into Europe carry the ‘green dot’ on the label. This
shows that Clover Chemicals pays a contribution to a scheme whereby
packaging is recovered and recycled on their behalf.
Chemicals Ltd also works to reduce the overall energy consumption
(carbon footprint) that is involved in a product’s life cycle, ie.
the energy consumed in its manufacture, packaging, transportation
and eventual use. This ‘energy footprint’ can be reduced, for
example, by developing concentrated products that produce optimum
results when used economically. This
means that less packaging must be produced and disposed of, and
saved on transportation.