Note 15: Greenhouse gas emissions

Greenhouse gas emissions are primarily related to the fuel and power we use, but also include some CO2, CH4 and HFC process emissions. This section reflects the performance of all our own operations covering the gate-to-gate scope. More details on our Carbon Policy and cradle-to-grave reporting can be found in Note 5 in this section.

Greenhouse gas emissions in million tons

Greenhouse gas emissions in million tons (bar chart)

Total greenhouse gas emissions made up of direct emissions from processes and combustion at our facilities and indirect emissions from purchased energy.

  • Total greenhouse gas emissions per ton of production decreased by 14 percent to 222 kg/ton CO2(e). Absolute GHG emissions came down 17 percent to 3.9 million tons of CO2(e). The divestment of Chemicals Pakistan had a significant positive effect on direct CO2(e). Other positive contributions came from the use of steam from neighboring waste incineration plants in Hengelo and Delfzijl (the Netherlands), with both significantly reducing indirect CO2(e). In Sweden, meanwhile, eight sites contributed by purchasing electricity generated with a low carbon footprint
  • The combined direct and indirect CO2(e) emissions for Specialty Chemicals were 3.5 million tons, Performance Coatings 0.3 million tons and for Decorative Paints 0.1 million tons
  • A detailed breakdown of our greenhouse gas emissions is available on our website