Charlotte, N.C., November 20, 2014 – Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, announced today that a supply chain optimization effort instituted as part of the Clariant worldwide sustainability program has reduced by more than 60 percent the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions produced when shipping one raw material for its Oil Services operations.

Through supply chain analysis and planning involving Clariant’s Oil Services business and its regional procurement team, the company partnered with the manufacturer of a subsurface chemical to optimize the supply chain by switching from bulk tanker truck deliveries to intermodal transport, reducing CO2 emissions by 65 percent per year. This represents a reduction of 37 tons of emissions for a single product.

“In a business driven by sustainability, it’s no longer enough to manage your supply chain for cost and service levels,” says Michael Ochoa, ‎Region Head – West US for Clariant Oil Services. “By focusing on the efficiency of our supply chain and working as partners with our suppliers, we can make a positive impact in reducing the carbon footprint associated with these operations.”

Ochoa said the intermodal delivery option was selected based on the volume of material that Clariant consumes on a recurring basis. Bulk tanker truck shipments, the standard means of delivery, tend to be more costly and less efficient when used for cross-country shipping. An analysis was conducted to verify that the transition would have no impact on lead times and quantities required to sustain daily business requirements. The analysis concluded that the cost per unit of intermodal transport was lower than standard delivery methods, while the environmental impact was significant.

Clariant’s Oil Services business is one of the world's leading suppliers of chemicals and integrated services to the oil and gas industry. Its products, which include scale and corrosion inhibitors and demulsifiers, stop corrosion in oilwell parts, dissolve waxes that build up in oil pipelines and separate unwanted substances in crude oil, all helping oil producers to increase their production and maintain the integrity of their facilities. Regional procurement assists the Oil Services business with negotiating pricing for materials and helps identify suppliers that are committed to partnering with the business to provide best-in-class chemistry and services.
“An awareness of the impact of daily business operations is now part of our decision-making process when it comes to determining supply chain movements,” says Ochoa. “Raising awareness within the supply chain helps us make critical decisions about carefully managing our money and the environment.”

Clariant is a globally leading specialty chemicals company, based in Muttenz near Basel/Switzerland. On December 31, 2013 the company employed a total workforce of 18,099. In the financial year 2013, Clariant recorded sales of CHF 6.076 billion for its continuing businesses. The company reports in four business areas: Care Chemicals, Catalysis & Energy, Natural Resources, and Plastics & Coatings. Clariant’s corporate strategy is based on five pillars: increase profitability, reposition portfolio, add value with sustainability, foster innovation and R&D, and intensify growth.

Clariant Oil Services is a leading provider of chemical technologies and services to the oil, pipeline and refineryindustries. A global business with headquarters in Houston, Texas, Clariant Oil Services is represented in all major oil and gas locations. From deepwater exploration to refining, Clariant Oil Services provides chemical products and services designed to reduce customer costs, decrease operational risks and improve production efficiency.

Clariant Oil Services operates state-of-the-art R&D and applications laboratories in the United States, Scotland, Germany, Brazil and Indonesia, as well as an environmental testing laboratory in Norway. Clariant Oil Services’ industry experience is supported by a dedicated global technical services network, providing a unique position from which to address and resolve customer challenges anywhere in the world, now and in the future.