Logistics experts from the family-owned HOYER Group are collaborating with Chinese chemical industry stakeholders to help prepare the Association of International Chemical Manufacturers (AICM) Sustainability Report for 2021.
Sustainability currently is one of the most pressing topics worldwide, including in China, HOYER said. The People’s Republic has set “ambitious” goals for carbon reduction and neutrality, which the country aims to reach. As everywhere in the world, the chemical industry and its partners play a key role in the Chinese economy and in achieving the targets that have been set. AICM members are committed to this challenge and, following the 2019 report, now have presented the second AICM 2021 Sustainable Development Report without the government having given any commission.
“The fact that we are the only logistics company participating in the preparation of the AICM 2021 Sustainable Development Report illustrates the value of HOYER, its commitment and in particular its contribution to the country’s carbon neutrality,” said Ricky Zhou, HOYER’s managing director for China Domestics.
Founded in 1988, the AICM, as the representative of the leading international chemical companies in China, seeks to promote sustainable growth of the Chinese chemical industry and Responsible Care, as well as other internationally recognized principles of chemicals management among all stakeholders, including central and local government, media, industrial authorities and representatives of chemical parks.
The report was presented at the China Chemical Industry and Chemical Park Forum in early June in the context of the active exchange of information and best practices among members. In the report, the AICM states practical measures for the chemical industry in order to support China’s aim to achieve carbon neutrality. They include adapting energy infrastructure, improving energy efficiency, reducing the intensity of resource and energy consumption, and effective control of the overall consumption of fossil energy.
HOYER says it is committed to sustainable actions in logistics in China, where it offers transport of bulk goods, liquid foodstuffs, and liquefied gases, and associated services such as packing, storage and distribution management, together with the leasing of equipment and technical services, alongside the intermodal transport of chemicals.
To achieve its own sustainability objective, HOYER is investing in a modern truck fleet, using engines fueled by LNG and CNG, and concentrating on less emission-intensive intermodal means of transport. This allowed HOYER to reduce its worldwide transport emissions to below 20 g of CO₂ per tonne-km in 2020.
“HOYER has not only an interest but also an obligation to play its part in shaping a sustainable future,” said Mark Binns, head of group SHEQ and sustainable management.
“Our global sustainability management of the HOYER Group is made clear by the alignment of the entire company to the United Nations’ ‘Sustainable Development Goals,’ eight aims of which we have defined as guidelines for our own target settings.”
In addition to climate action and economic growth, these aims include no poverty, quality education and an obligation to responsible consumption, and these apply to the activities of the HOYER Group worldwide.
To achieve its self-imposed aims, China must make ambitious long-term efforts to transform its economy, industrial structures and energy ecosystems. AICM members and the HOYER Group are willing to play a positive, supporting role in this target-setting, they said. Today, the AICM represents nearly 70 large multi-national companies in China’s chemical industry. The members of the AICM include five companies that are among the Top 10 firms worldwide, and 28 members that are in the world’s Top 50 chemical companies. Their business areas comprise the manufacture, sale, transport, marketing and disposal of chemicals.