New data gives more insight into companies producing hazardous chemicals

News 2017 / November

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New data gives more insight into companies producing hazardous chemicals

Who is producing hazardous chemicals and how does production change over time?

Does chemical legislation lead to a decrease in production of the most toxic substances?

ChemSec tries to answer these questions using publicly available data and presents this information in the SIN Producers List. This lets us show you which companies are producing which hazardous chemicals. The data comes from the official chemical agencies in both the EU and the US.

Remember that the SIN Producers List only covers industrial chemicals that meet the criteria as Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs). That means there are no pharmaceuticals or pesticides on the list.

If, like me, you like to consider things from a data perspective, keep in mind that data for SVHC chemicals will reach its full potential in the EU the coming years as there is a registration deadline in 2018. That means that by next year any substance above a volume of 1 ton has to be registered for production or import in European markets. ChemSec will of course update the SIN Producers List after the registration deadline.

In the US, the official CDR database is updated every 4 years. The last update was this April, which means that our current US figures in the SIN Producers List are very fresh.

Below are some figures we extracted from the SIN Producers List. They show the changes in the energy sector, before and after the update. Royal Dutch Shell, ExxonMobil and BP are companies that produce the most SIN substances. All of them have also increased their numbers.

Company SIN numbers 2017 SIN numbers 2016 Change % change
Royal Dutch Shell 149 134 +15 +11
ExxonMobil 134 123 +11 +9
BP 106 68 +38 +56
TOTAL 95 91 +4 +5

But there are also some companies that have decreased their numbers:

Valero Energy 68 70 -2 -3
HollyFrontier 55 64 -9 -14
Tesoro 38 49 -11 -22

Here is the top 5 of producers of SIN chemicals in the chemical sector. Again you find companies that have decreased their numbers, like Lyondell Basell.

BASF 91 79 +12 +15
Dow Chemical 56 55 +1 +2
LyondellBasell 52 54 -2 -4
Glencore Xstrata 38 38
Eastman Chemical 32 19 +13 +68

For the full list of changes you can download the excel file, or you can visit the SIN Producers List and extract the data you are looking for.


Sonja Haider
Sonja Haider
ChemSec Senior Investors Advisor