By-Product Synergy Central Gulf Coast

By-Product Synergy Gulf Coast

In 2009, Partners for Environmental Progress (PEP) created a revolutionary program for businesses on the Gulf Coast: By-Product Synergy Central Gulf Coast (BPS). The program matches one company’s under-valued waste or by-product streams with potential users, helping to create new revenues or savings for the organizations while also addressing the social and environmental impacts to the Gulf Coast. Realizing the program’s unique potential, a diverse network of 12 local companies joined the program in its initial phase with astounding results. Phase Two has recently begun with additional participating companies. If you are interested in joining Phase Two, contact Jennifer Denson at

Phase One Participants

  • Alabama Power Company
  • Arkema
  • BASF
  • E.I. Dupont
  • Evonik Degussa
  • ExxonMobil
  • Huntsman Advanced Materials
  • Mitsubishi Polysilicon
  • Oil Recovery
  • Southern Ionics
  • University of South Alabama
  • Veolia Environmental Services

Proven Successes in Phase One

Case Study #1

One participating company produces Hydrochloric Acid as a by-product in very large quantities. They are currently able to re-use approximately 7.5 million pounds internally, but must neutralize and waste about 3 million pounds annually. Now, material is sold to another company creating a new revenue stream, while also keeping 3 million pounds of acid out of waste water treatment facilities. To engage in the synergy, Company A undertook a $750,000 capital project – positively impacting local revenue and jobs.

Case Study #2

Another participating company found a way to improve its best practices. Previously, the company shipped its waste product to Ohio for disposal. Through collaborative discussion with BPS colleagues, the company is now using the waste internally in its own waste water treatment facility, saving almost a quarter of a million dollars a year.

Total Economic Impact of PHASE ONE

  • $1,600,000 of savings for participating companies–right to bottom line!
  • An additional $3,200,000 has been injected into the local economy
  • The economic savings is the equivalent of 50 jobs saved or created

Total Environmental Impact of PHASE ONE

  • The BPS projects have diverted more than 8,200 tons of materials from landfills, wastewater treatment plants and other disposal sites
  • 5,300 tons of hydrochloric, hydrofluoric and nitric acids are no longer going into waste treatment plants or deep injection wells
  • More than 8,800 tons of CO2 emissions were avoided

By-Product Synergy Recognition

PEP Wins EPA’s 2011 Gulf Guardian Award

The cumulative economic and environmental impacts of the first year of the BPS Project include, but are not limited to:

  • $1.6 million in company savings; $3.2 million local economic impact;
  • 8,200 tons of material diverted from landfills, wastewater treatment plants and other disposal sites; 5,300 tons of aciddiverted from waste treatment plants; and
  • More than 8,800 tons of CO2 emissions were avoided.

Mobile City Council Recognizes PEP and BPS

On June 29, 2010, the Mobile City Council and Mayor Sam Jones awarded a certificate of recognition to PEP and the 12 forward thinking companies in By-Product Synergy Central Gulf Coast for the project’s success and the resulting environmental and economic benefits to the community. PEP is currently recruiting for 20 additional companies. If you are interested in turning waste into profit, pleasecontact Jennifer Denson, 251-345-7269 or

Mobile County Commission Honors BPS CGC

On September 22, 2011, the Mobile County Commission passed a resolution recognizing PEP’s efforts to promote a sustainable Alabama Gulf Coast through its project By-Product Synergy Central Gulf Coast. PEP executive director, Jennifer Denson, made a brief presentation about BPS and showed a short video from the EPA award ceremony that highlighted the PEP project. The Commissioners commended PEP and the 12 participating companies for the economic and environmental success of BPS and it’s first place Gulf Guardian Award.