Nouryon recognizes that climate change could have a deep impact on the global environment, society, and economic systems, and we aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions along our value chain.

As the transition to a net zero carbon economy accelerates, Nouryon continues to raise its bar on how it can reduce its climate-related impact, mitigate risks and seize growth opportunities. In support of the objectives of the UN’s Paris Agreement on climate change, we have significantly reduced our emissions over the last decade and are committed to reaching our target of reducing carbon emissions from our operations and energy use by 25 percent between 2020 and 2025. We also aim to increase the share of low carbon and renewable energy to more than 60 percent by 2025.

How we measure and report our greenhouse gas emissions

Nouryon reports greenhouse emissions in CO2-equivalents 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, upstream).

Measuring our carbon footprint

Our focus is on further reducing carbon emissions from our operations and energy use (scope 1 & 2) while growing revenues. Between 2009 and 2019, Nouryon reduced its absolute carbon footprint by 9 percent while growing sales and reduced emissions per ton of product by 29 percent. To continue this journey, Nouryon has set the goal to further reduce its carbon footprint by 25 percent between 2020 and 2025 (scope 1 & 2, relative to 2019 levels).

Our greenhouse gas emissions

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

Company carbon footprint

  Unit 2009 2017 2018 2019 % change
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 3,04 2,989 2,933  -9%

Product carbon footprint – operational emissions

  Unit 2009 2017 2018 2019 % change
Product carbon footprint Kg CO2-eq/ton 281 200 200 199 -29%

Cradle-to-grave footprint

  Unit 2009 2017 2018 2019 % change

Scope 3 upstream
emissions (raw materials)

Kton CO2-eq






Total (1+2+3)

Kton CO2-eq






Source: Nouryon 2019 Sustainability Report

How we will further reduce our emissions

We will achieve our target through a wide-ranging number of actions, with a focus on energy efficiency measures and increasing the sourcing of low carbon and renewable energy. In addition, Nouryon applies an internal carbon price of €50 per ton of CO2-eq in our project planning to steer decision-making towards lower carbon options 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. Since 2009, we have decreased our energy intensity by 5 percent, while also supporting our customers’ sustainability ambitions. For example, our chemical island concept in Brazil provides pulp mill customers with a sustainable and cost-effective solution for the production and supply of bleaching chemicals as well as services for other chemical processes. The close proximity to the customer provides important sustainability benefits by reducing transportation, and we also reduce our carbon footprint by operating our plant with renewable energy from biomass derived from the pulp mill.

  Unit 2009 2017 2018 2019

% change

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%

Source: Nouryon 2019 Sustainability Report

Sourcing low carbon energy

In 2019, 56 percent of our energy came from low carbon and renewable sources, such as wind and solar power or steam from bio-waste. We have set the goal to further increase the share of low carbon and renewable energy to more than 60 percent by 2025 (relative to 2019 levels).

At Nouryon, we source low carbon and renewable energy using trusted approaches such as energy attribute certificates backed by recognized industry standards and documentation, assets owned by Nouryon, or power purchase agreements with third parties.

For example, Nouryon has supported the development of two new wind farms via Purchase Power Agreements, increased sourcing of steam from waste and biomass at our plants in Delfzijl and Hengelo in the Netherlands, and uses fully renewable energy from hydro power and wind in Sweden and Finland.

As Nouryon looks at continuously improving its sustainable energy sourcing capabilities, in 2020, the company has established the Nouryon Energy Team (NET) to bring together cross-functional expertise in Energy, Procurement, Operations, Sustainability, and other disciplines to further optimize the development of sustainable, and low-carbon energy solutions across the company.

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