Driving for a more sustainable and environmentally aware chemical supply chain


Algol Chemicals builds bridges between chemical manufacturers and end users, which gives us the opportunity to influence and drive sustainable practices throughout the supply chain. In this article, we unveil the multifaceted role of a chemical distributor and how we, at Algol Chemicals, have responded to this challenge with determination and innovation.

Expanding our portfolio: Greener alternatives

One of the central roles of a chemical distributor is curating the product portfolio they offer. By strategically selecting and promoting environmentally friendly and sustainable chemicals, we lay the groundwork for a transformative shift towards greener industrial practices. At Algol Chemicals, we see ourselves as catalysts for a greener future in which our product offerings enable customers to make sustainable choices.

Our commitment to sustainability is evident in our constantly expanding portfolio of greener alternatives. We have made thoughtful choices, incorporating innovative products like UPM BioMotion™ Renewable Functional Fillers (RFF) into our range. This demonstrates our dedication to offering environmentally friendly alternatives.

We take pride in being pioneers in the Nordic countries, supplying bio-circular and renewable ammonia and ammonia water based on a mass balance approach. This supply chain is managed in compliance with the ISCC PLUS certification scheme, aligning with our commitment to sustainable practices.

Collaborating for a sustainable tomorrow

Distributors exert significant influence when they collaborate with manufacturers to encourage the development of more sustainable products. By channelling valuable customer feedback regarding the demand for greener chemicals, we actively participate in driving innovation towards sustainability.

Our solid commitment to distributing products that adhere to stringent environmental criteria not only creates demand but also motivates manufacturers to invest in the research and development of greener alternatives. This collaborative effort produces innovative chemicals, processes and technologies that catalyse sustainable advancements across industries.

Transparency in the supply chain is another hallmark of successful distributor-manufacturer partnerships. We at Algol Chemicals are committed to maintaining a transparent value chain, tracking and communicating information about the origin, composition and production processes of chemicals. This empowers our customers to make informed decisions that align with their sustainability objectives.

In our pursuit of sustainability, we meticulously evaluate product suppliers from a responsibility perspective, ensuring they meet our stringent requirements. Our commitment extends beyond comprehensive product documentation; it encompasses corporate responsibility and ethical practices.

Comprehensive services for our customers

Chemical distributors are not just product providers; they are educators and promoters for sustainable practices. We understand that knowledge is power. This is why we go the extra mile to educate our customers about the environmental and health impacts of various chemicals. We provide information on proper handling, storage, and disposal practices and highlight the numerous benefits of embracing sustainable chemicals.

Our facilities are equipped to meet the diverse needs of our customers. We house a variety of mixing and storage vessels, as well as packaging equipment. For products that require customisation, we offer dilution services to meet specific customer needs.

We take our commitment to safety seriously, offering chemical safety consultation and various training programmes covering, for example, safe storage, chemicals handling, product features and correct product usage. Our goal is to equip our customers with the knowledge and resources needed to make sustainable choices in their operations.

Sustainable logistics and packaging

Efficient logistics and transportation operations are vital for minimising our environmental footprint. At Algol Chemicals, we optimise our logistics and transportation to reduce fuel consumption and emissions.

We also understand the significance of sustainable packaging. To reduce the environmental impact of packaging, we recycle packaging and took steps this year to increase the degree of reuse in our IBC containers.

Certifications and industry engagement

Our commitment to sustainability goes hand in hand with adhering to recognised environmental and safety certifications and standards. This guarantees that our customers are using products that meet high sustainability and safety criteria.

We participate in the chemical industry’s Responsible Care programme. In 2023, EcoVadis, the world's largest provider of sustainability ratings for companies, awarded Algol Chemicals a Gold level rating. Already since 1993, we have implemented ISO management systems to enhance operational efficiency, reduce risks, improve product quality, ensure safety and environmental compliance, and demonstrate our dedication to responsible and sustainable practices.

Engaging with industry associations and participating in sustainability initiatives are critical components of our sustainability strategy. By championing sustainable practices within the chemical distribution sector, we contribute to broader industry efforts and collaborate with like-minded organisations to drive meaningful change.

Setting and achieving sustainability targets

Our sustainability targets provide a clear roadmap for actions and initiatives that contribute to a better future. Aligned with international frameworks like the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), our targets cover diverse areas, from environmental protection to social equity and economic growth. We are committed to creating a healthy and well-functioning work community, ensuring the sustainable use of energy and resources, and continuously improving the quality of our operations.

In conclusion, we at Algol Chemicals are dedicated to being catalysts for a greener future, offering sustainable alternatives, collaborating for innovation, maintaining transparency and providing comprehensive services to our valued customers. Our commitment to sustainability is not just a mission; it is a way of life that we actively embrace in every aspect of our operations. Together, we are building a greener, more sustainable tomorrow.

Further information

Ida-Kaisa Kemppi, Director, Sustainability & HSEQ, t. +358 40 722 7153

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