We recognize 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, we continue to raise the bar on how we can reduce 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

Greenhouse emissions in CO2-equivalents are reported 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).

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Our focus is on further reducing carbon emissions from our operations and energy use (scope 1 & 2) while growing revenues. Between 2009 and 2019, we reduced our absolute carbon footprint by 9 percent while growing sales and reduced emissions per ton of product by 29 percent. To continue this journey, we have set the goal to further reduce our 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 2020 sustainability report for more details.

Company carbon footprint: Cradle-to-gate 

  Unit 2009 2018 2019 2020 % change
Direct emissions Kton CO2-eq 1,167 1,408 1,161 1,185 +2%
Indirect emissions Kton CO2-eq 2,069 1,581 1,772 1,747 -16%
Scope 3 upstream emissions Kton CO2-eq     1,989 2,112  
Total       4,946  5,044  
Direct emissions, covered by emissions-limiting
% of Direct emissions   71% 67% 69%  

Product carbon footprint: Operational emissions

  Unit 2009 2018 2019 2020 % change
Direct emissions Kton CO2-eq 1,167 1,217 1,001 1,001 -14%
Indirect emissions Kton CO2-eq 2,069 1,581 1,772 1,747 -16%
Product carbon footprint Kg CO2-eq/ton 281 200 199 201 -28%


Cradle-to-grave footprint

  Unit 2009 2017 2018 2019 % change

Scope 3 upstream
emissions (raw materials)

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Total (1+2+3)

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Source: Nouryon 2020 sustainability report

How we will further reduce our emissions

We aim to achieve our emissions reduction target through a wide range of actions, with a focus on energy efficiency measures and increasing our renewable energy usage.

Improving energy consumption and  operational eco-efficiency

We have a strong drive to embed continuous improvement in manufacturing, energy efficiency and consumption across the supply chain. We track and report our eco-efficiency performance on a quarterly and annual basis using Enablon’s EHS software package. The input is checked and validated twice a year. Since 2009, we have incrementally decreased our energy intensity while also supporting customers’ sustainability ambitions.

For example, our Integrated Manufacturing Model in Brazil provides pulp mill customers with a cost-effective solution to produce bleaching chemicals and creates sustainability benefits. Our facility is powered by renewable energy from biomass generated as a by product in the pulp mills, and proximity to the customer reduces the need to transport products, reducing our carbon footprint, improving safety, and creating a more circular model.

Energy management

  Unit 2009 2018 2019 2020 % change
Total energy consumption mln GJ 76,8 92,2 87,8 88,9 +16%
Energy intensity GJ/ton of production 6,67 6,59 6,38 6,52 -2%
Percentage renewable %   47 44 49  
Percentage low carbon and renewable %   58 56  56  
Percentage grid electricity %   70% 70% 61%  
Total self-generated electricity mln GJ   8,73 6,85 6,69  

Source: Nouryon 2020 sustainability report

Sourcing low carbon energy

In 2020, 56% of our energy came from low-carbon and renewable sources, such as hydro, wind, solar, biomass for power, and steam from bio-waste. This was a slight increase from the year prior. We have set the goal to further increase the share of our purchased low-carbon and renewable energy to more than 60% by 2025.

For example, we source renewable energy using trusted approaches, such as assets owned by Nouryon, Purchase Power Agreements (PPA) with third parties, or energy attribute certificates backed by recognized industry standards and documentation. 

To strengthen our sustainable energy sourcing capabilities, in 2020 we established the Nouryon Energy Team (NET). The NET brings together cross-functional expertise in Energy, Procurement, Operations, and Sustainability to further optimize and develop a comprehensive Energy Management Plan of sustainable and low-carbon energy solutions across the company.

Fact Sheet 2020, 1,7 Mb

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