Rhone-Poulenc sets waste reduction targets

The French company Rhone-Poulenc has become the latest major chemicals manufacturer to announce environmental protection targets. It plans to cut its liquid effluents and solid wastes by 65% by 2000. The group's UK arm is already well on track to meet the targets.

Announced in Paris on 12 May by Rhone Poulenc's President, Jean-Marc Bruel, the targets build on an "environmental index" which has formed the basis of a group liquid effluent reduction programme since 1988 (ENDS Report 178, 15-17). Separate indexes are now being established for solid waste and emissions to air.

The targets apply only to liquid and solid wastes. In addition to the 65% reduction to be attained by 2000, an interim target of

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