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Chemicals & Plastics

The chemicals and plastics industry sector is one of Europe`s main industries, comprising such different industries as petrochemicals, inorganic basics (base chemicals), consumer chemicals, polymers, fertilizers, industrial gases or speciality chemicals. The big industrial users of chemicals are sectors like rubber & plastics, construction, pulp & paper and the automotive industry.

Economically successful though it is, the chemical industry faces major challenges closely related to compliance issues like REACH regulations, food and consumer safety and the European circular economy package, specifically for the plastics sector. Ongoing efforts to target climate change – particularly since the COP 21 Paris agreements – will lead to more ambitious political targets and perhaps upcoming carbon taxes. Voluntary commitments like Responsible Care or SUSCHEM have to be adapted accordingly.
Image risks are littering and marine littering and specific risks in food and consumer protection, frequently based on emotions rather than facts. Therefore, it is essential that independent and neutral sources are used for analysing the environment of facts and communicating the benefits of the chemical sector’s products.

What we offer

denkstatt provides strong support in assessing environmental impacts and fulfilling different reporting standards like the Carbon Disclosure Project, Science Based Targets or sustainability reporting according to GRI standards. A wide range of methods for

  • Carbon & Water Footprinting
  • Life Cycle Assessment
  • Total Impact Assessment and
  • Environmental Labelling

enable us to carefully compare different products and materials including use phase and end of life aspects. Mapping UN sustainability goals with relevance for the chemical industry is a valuable add-on.

Our Services

Measuring performance with appropriate indicators is a must for every company’s sustainability programme. Tailored footprint models for specific environmental and economic contexts are the basis for developing a successful sustainability performance.

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Strong management systems provide a lot of data which are summarized and interpreted in a sustainability report. For communicating the benefits of products and process improvements, those data and information have to be transferred to benefit stories following the principle of no data, no talk.

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The EU circular economy package as well as activities driven by the US Ellen McArthur Foundation require a specific corporate strategy for circular economy.
denkstatt uses long-term experience in stakeholder dialog and national strategy development based on evaluating sorting and recycling systems and the optimisation of packaging recovery systems in terms of costs and environmental effectiveness (cost benefit analysis). Linking waste management and secondary resource users is an additional outcome.

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Sustainable sourcing in terms of availability and risks is an additional must and goes beyond the merely cost-oriented decisions of the past. A multi-criterial approach is necessary, taking into account additional aspects like environmental and social impact, human rights, corruption or critical materials as well as questions of sustainable transport.

Our risk assessment services evaluate health and safety standards in your organisation.

Legal compliance is a must for any business. We help your company meet its obligations, while also keeping the resources required to a minimum.

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We offer the integration of management systems for quality, environment and energy, based on the international ISO standards 9001, 14001 and 50001. When integrating these we make sure they are’ practical and goal-oriented. We understand your business and we adjust to it when integrating such a system, instead of the usual practice of adapting the existing processes to the standard. The result is a good basis for integrated sustainable management and achieving results.

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Our Stories

  • Comparative life cycle assessment (LCA) for plastics and alternatives in every market sector like packaging, building, automotive, electrical and agriculture, e.g. data and facts using the methodology of life cycle assessment has provided strong support for introducing egg packaging devices derived from PET recycling material in the US, UK and Austrian markets (Ovotherm GmbH)
  • Multi stakeholder projects on how packaging prevents food losses
  • Optimisation and strategic consulting of a packaging recovery system in Austrian for Altstoff Recycling Austria AG (ARA)
  • Numerous carbon footprints for products like cans, bottles, …., adhesives and other materials
  • Monitoring of the Austrian Sustainability Agenda for beverage packaging over the last ten years
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Our Clients


(International association for the nonwovens and related industries)
Global Silicones Council
Greiner Holding
Plastics Europe



Ferdinand Koch – Austria

Bernd Brandt – Austria

Gabriela Fistis – Romania

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