Nouryon recognizes that climate change has a fundamental impact on the global environment, society and business economics and we aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions along our value chain.

In support of the UN Paris Climate Agreement we have significantly reduced our emissions over the last decade and are committed to reach our target of 20% reduction between 2009-2025 through new technologies, more efficient processes and more sustainable energy.

How we measure and report our greenhouse gas emissions

Nouryon reports greenhouse emissions in CO2-equivalent at three levels: emissions from our own operations (scope 1), emissions from purchased energy (scope 2), and emissions associated with the raw materials we purchase (scope 3).nouryoncarbonfootprint.png

Our focus is on further reducing our company carbon footprint (scope 1 & 2) while growing revenues. Between 2009 and 2019, Nouryon reduced its carbon footprint with 9% while growing sales and emissions per ton of product fell with 29%. Nouryon is committed to improve operations even further and has set a target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions with 20% between 2009-2025.

Nouryon greenhouse gas emissions

See our environmental data sheet and 2019 sustainability report for more details.

 

 

Unit

2009

2017

2018

2019

% change

2009-2019

Company carbon footprint

Direct emissions (scope 1)

Kton CO2-eq

1,167

1,417

1,408

1,161

 

Indirect emissions (scope 2)

Kton CO2-eq

2,069

1,623

1,581

1,772

 

Total

Kton CO2-eq

3,236

3,040

2,989

2,933

-9%

Product carbon footprint – operational emissions

Product carbon footprint

Kg CO2-eq/ton

281

200

200

199

-29%

Cradle-to-gate carbon footprint

Scope 3 upstream emissions (raw materials)

Kton CO2-eq

 

 

 

1,989

 

Total
(1+2+3)

Kton CO2-eq

 

 

 

4,922

 

How we will further reduce our emissions

About 95 percent of emissions due to our own operations are linked to energy consumption and energy efficiency and sustainable sourcing of energy play a key role in our sustainability strategy.  In addition, Nouryon applies internal carbon pricing of €50 per ton of CO2 in our project planning to guide decision making and enhance awareness of the environmental and future economic impact of investment decisions.

Increasing energy efficiency

Nouryon has a strong drive to embed continuous improvement in manufacturing to push the boundaries of energy efficiency and lower consumption across the supply chain. We have decreased our energy intensity with 5% since 2009 while also supporting our customer’s sustainability ambitions. For example, our chemical island in Brazil are based on full integration of our sodium chlorate plants with the pulp mill, making use of excess heat and electricity generated from local biomass to power our plants. In turn, by-products from our sodium chlorate production are used by the pulp mill to generate energy, further increasing energy efficiency.

 

Unit

2009

2017

2018

2019

% change

2009-2019

Total energy consumption

TJ

76,839

91,601

92,155

87,805

 

Energy intensity

GJ/ton of production

6.67

6.41

6.59

6.35

-5%

More sustainable energy 

Worldwide, 44% of our energy is sustainable, coming from renewable or carbon-neutral sources such as wind and solar power or steam from bio-waste. Nouryon prioritizes clean energy sources which are:

  • Physically situated at or close to our plants or in-market;
  • Backed by the recognized credentialing documentation or known generation sources via Guarantees of Origin, Renewable Energy Certificates, or sourced directly with Purchasing Power Agreements PPA’s & VPPA’s, etc.);
  • Additional to the electricity grid whenever possible.

To support this strategy, Nouryon has helped realize two new wind parks via the use of Purchase Power Agreements (PPA), increased sourcing of steam from waste and biomass at our plants in Delfzijl and Hengelo and closed long-term contacts for fully sustainable energy for its plants in the Nordics [tbc].