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Sinopec Shanghai Petrochemical
Sinopec Shanghai Petrochemical produces ten SIN List substances, one of which is officially recognised as a chemical of high concern by the EU. However, 91% of production takes place outside the EU and US, which means that data on the majority of the Chinese company’s production is not publicly available. The company does not have a method in place to screen and assess the sustainability of its products, nor does it have a phase-out strategy for hazardous substances. The company follows several voluntary standards of good conduct, but has nonetheless been involved in numerous environmental violations over the last ten years, including illegal discharges of toxic substances into rainwater drains and chronic river pollution. Several explosions at the company’s facilities have also been reported.
Opportunities for improvement
- Add transparency to the hazardous product portfolio. We can only rank 9% of Sinopec Shanghai’s overall production since the rest takes place outside the EU and US. For other regions there are no reliable and publicly available sources for identifying producers of hazardous chemicals. Informing ChemSec of hazardous chemical production outside of the EU and US could help raise the company’s score.
- Sinopec Shanghai has the lowest score in the entire ChemScore ranking. A first step to improve a company’s chemicals management is to have an overview of where and how much hazardous chemicals are being used. The Chinese petrochemical giant should, therefore, implement a screening method to increase knowledge of the company’s production and use of hazardous chemicals.
- Since accidents and environmental violations have been common occurrences, Sinopec Shanghai should improve safety processes and train employees in order to reduce environmental incidents.
Sinopec Shanghai Petrochemical produces 10 SIN List substances, one of which is included on the REACH Candidate List but not on the REACH Authorisation List. The company does not produce any persistent chemicals. However, no data is available for the 91% of the company’s production that takes place outside the EU and US.
Sinopec Shanghai Petrochemical does not have a method in place to screen and assess the sustainability of its products and, therefore, does not investigate the intrinsic hazards of ingredients. The company does not make use of the GreenScreen assessment tool nor does it exclude substances with toxic properties from new products. Sinopec Shanghai Petrochemical does not follow the principles of green chemistry, but does actively market safer alternatives on its website.
Sinopec Shanghai Petrochemical does not have a phase-out strategy for hazardous substances nor does it share chemical safety information on its website. The company is a member of Responsible Care and follows voluntary standards such as a Code of Conduct and a Supplier Code of Conduct.
Sinopec and its subsidiaries are known for numerous environmental violations, including illegal discharges of toxic substances into rainwater drains, chronic river pollution and serious pollution accidents. Several explosions at Sinopec Shanghai Petrochemical’s facilities have also been reported. In 2013, for example, an explosion at an oil pipeline killed 62 and injured 136 people due to crude oil being leaked into the municipal drainage pipes. Two years later, the company was also fined for exceeding the emission limit for nitrogen oxides.Download detailed information on controversies (PDF, 116 KB)