Based on scientific evidence, carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions – largely by the use of fossil energy sources – contribute to global warming. Therefore, we have defined a CO2 reduction goal based on the aspirations of the Paris agreement.
As part of the global industrial community, we are engaged in selecting and implementing energy-efficient solutions. The most important energy sources to us are natural gas, electricity and the thermal processing of our waste products (steam production, combined heat and power).
Energy consumed for manufacturing processes is by far the largest contributor to our climate-relevant emissions. We therefore concentrate on energy-efficiency measures at all our manufacturing sites as part of our continuous improvement effort. The energy intensity (GJ/revenue) has steadily been decreasing. (Note: 2017 data excludes the Capsugel business).
Carbon emissions overview
CO2 equivalents (CO2-eq) are calculated from the consumption of the energy sources multiplied by published emission factors. Process-specific emission factors are applied where known. CO2-eq include the greenhouse gases CO2, methane, nitrous oxide, and a number of halogenated hydrocarbon compounds. CO2-eq emissions from incineration processes include fossil fired boiler houses as well as waste incineration plants (using waste solids, liquids and gases as fuel). The carbon intensity (CO2-eq/revenue) has been steadily decreasing across the years (Note: 2017 data excludes the Capsugel business)