Press Release

Calgon Carbon Corporation Releases First Global Sustainability Report

PITTSBURGH, PA  –  05/28/2014

Calgon Carbon Corporation (NYSE:CCC) today released its inaugural Sustainability Report, “Pure Water. Clean Air. Better World.” The report highlights the various environmental stewardship and social responsibility initiatives the company advanced in 2013 and establishes benchmarks and baseline metrics for ongoing, long-term sustainability goals.

Calgon Carbon is a global leader in innovative solutions, high quality products and services designed to protect human health and the environment from harmful contaminants in water, and air.  As a leading manufacturer of activated carbon, with broad capabilities in ultraviolet light disinfection, Calgon Carbon provides purification solutions for drinking water, wastewater, pollution abatement, and a variety of industrial and commercial manufacturing processes.

The report published today is available at and discusses specific information relative to Calgon Carbon’s primary focus areas, which include:

Environmental Stewardship

  • Enhancing our Workplace
  • Community Support
  • Products & Life Cycle

“Sustainability is a vital part of our business strategy both now and for the future. Our first-ever Sustainability Report shares our commitment to managing our company in an economically, environmentally and socially responsible manner, and identifies how we will achieve our objectives going forward,” said Randy Dearth, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Calgon Carbon Corporation.

According to Dearth, the company’s first Sustainability Report has energized the effort to integrate environmental, social and economic considerations into its operations and decision making processes at every level of the organization and demonstrates the company’s commitment to:

Developing a framework for how the company will identify, assess and advance sustainability objectives

  • Establishing sustainability benchmarks and setting the foundation for metrics and reporting
  • Affirming the company’s commitment to the American Chemistry Council’s Responsible Care Initiative, which is itself a commitment to sustainably managing business
  • Building consideration of environmental, social and economic concerns into projects and initiatives

Commitment to Environmental Stewardship

Calgon Carbon conducted a review of its operations to identify material environmental aspects, which established areas where the company could have significant impact, including raw materials, water, effluents and waste, energy, and emissions.

“After taking this first step to measure baseline performance in these areas, our focus will be to continue identifying where we can reduce risks and liabilities and where we can find opportunities for development, innovation, and improvement,” said Abby Rubright, Calgon Carbon Sustainability & EHS Program Specialist. “This evaluation process will be the foundation of setting long-term goals and objectives to continuously improve our environmental stewardship.”

According to Rubright, the company recognizes the need to ensure that it is adequately managing its environmental impact, which will be accomplished by routinely evaluating and refining our approach, including:

Defining a formalized shareholder and stakeholder feedback assessment process

  • Continuing to perform environmental and safety audits
  • Continuing to collect and evaluate performance metrics
  • Using our performance measurements to benchmark ourselves within our industry in an open and transparent manner

Key Highlights of the Sustainability Report include:

Raw Material and Waste to Feedstock – Measuring raw material usage so the company can assess production yields and determine what process improvements are necessary. For example, the company’s Pearl River, MS facility evaluated options to recycle and reuse particulate carbon fines, which are a byproduct of the activated carbon production process. Until recently, the fines were captured and sent for use as fuel at a cement manufacturing facility. Testing and analysis identified the carbon fines as suitable feedstock for specific products manufactured at our Big Sandy facility in Catlettsburg, KY.

Water – The global need for sustainable water solutions is core to Calgon Carbon’s mission, working with customers to improve their environmental impact on global water resources and further their efforts with regard to providing clean, safe drinking water and safely treating their wastewaters. The company is establishing a firm baseline of how much water it consumes in its own operations. Calgon Carbon’s water reduction initiatives focus on eliminating or reducing process water and evaluating and investing in recycling and reusing process water.

Reactivation is Recycling – Calgon Carbon realizes the direct benefits of recycling every day through its thermal reactivation process, which is a method of recycling. When activated carbon reaches adsorptive capacity, and customers opt to send the material for reactivation, their decisions prevent this carbon from being disposed as waste. Once reactivated, the activated carbon may be safely and cost effectively returned to facilities for continued use in applications. For customers, this provides an opportunity to further their sustainability efforts.

Enhancing our Workplace – We assessed various social aspects regarding labor and work practices, including Diversity and Equal Opportunity, Employment, and Occupational Health and Safety. After developing a baseline understanding of the impact regarding these aspects, the company is evaluating current programs, policies, and opportunities to ensure their continued effectiveness and determine what, if any, changes are necessary. The evaluation process serves as the foundation for setting long-term goals and objectives for enhancing the workplace.

Community Support – The company is committed to creating and sustaining strong relationships with its communities. To that end, Calgon Carbon is currently restructuring its corporate outreach to better align community support and giving. Additional steps include formalizing and documenting our approach to external communications and assessing community concerns and needs.

For more information about Calgon Carbon’s leading activated carbon and ultraviolet technology solutions for municipalities and industries, or to view the entire Sustainability Report, visit

Pure Water.  Clean Air.  Better World.
Calgon Carbon Corporation (NYSE:CCC) is a global leader in innovative solutions, high quality products and reliable services designed to protect human health and the environment from harmful contaminants in water, and air.  As a leading manufacturer of activated carbon, with broad capabilities in ultraviolet light disinfection, the Company provides purification solutions for drinking water, wastewater, pollution abatement, and a variety of industrial and commercial manufacturing processes. Calgon Carbon is the world’s largest producer of granular activated carbon and supplies a variety of activated carbon products – in granular, powdered, pelletized and cloth form – for a range of distinct more than 700 distinct applications.  Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Calgon Carbon Corporation employs approximately 1,100 people at more than 15 manufacturing, reactivation, and equipment facilities in the U.S., Asia, and in Europe, where Calgon Carbon is known as Chemviron Carbon.  The company also has more than 27 sales and service centers throughout the world. This news release contains historical information and forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements typically contain words such as “expect,” “believe,” “estimate,” “anticipate,” or similar words indicating that future outcomes are uncertain. Statements looking forward in time, including statements regarding future growth and profitability, price increases, cost savings, broader product lines, enhanced competitive posture and acquisitions, are included in the company’s most recent Annual Report pursuant to the “safe harbor” provision of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. They involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause the company’s actual results in future periods to be materially different from any future performance suggested herein. Further, the company operates in an industry sector where securities values may be volatile and may be influenced by economic and other factors beyond the company’s control. Some of the factors that could affect future performance of the company are higher energy and raw material costs, costs of imports and related tariffs, labor relations, availability of capital and environmental requirements as they relate both to our operations and to our customers, changes in foreign currency exchange rates, borrowing restrictions, validity of patents and other intellectual property, and pension costs. In the context of the forward-looking information provided in this news release, please refer to the discussions of risk factors.

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