25. Feb 2020
Specialty chemicals company Arkema is taking action with an ambitious climate plan that is aligned with the 2015 Paris Agreement. This agreement sets out a global framework to avoid dangerous climate change by limiting global warming to well below 2°C and pursuing efforts to limit it to 1.5°C. It also aims to strengthen countries’ ability to deal with the impacts of climate change and support them in their efforts.
Arkema Group has now set a new strategic environmental objective: to reduce its absolute greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 38% in 2030 compared to 2015.
For many years, Arkema has been committed to the fight against global warming. By 2018, thanks to efforts made at all of its sites around the world, the Group had exceeded its 2025 target of reducing its direct intensive greenhouse gas emissions by 50% compared to 2012.
Today, Arkema is entering a new phase with the decision to increase its efforts and contribute to limiting global warming at the end of the century to well below the 2°C trajectory according to the recognized SBT (Science Based Target) methodology.
That results, for the Group, in a new long-term objective of reducing its absolute emissions by more than 1.7 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent compared to 2015 to reach less than 3 million metric tons in 2030, regardless of the increase of its production volumes, i.e., a decrease of 38% over 15 years.
As a responsible manufacturer, Arkema takes into account all the GHG emissions generated by its industrial operations in this new objective:
- The direct emissions linked to its production, known as Scope 1, and those caused by substances that deplete the ozone layer (ODS – Ozone Depleting Substance)
- Indirect emissions linked to the purchase of energy, known as Scope 2
This climate plan was drawn up following a detailed study of growth projections for the Group’s activities, plans to improve industrial processes and reduce energy consumption, and the possibility of purchasing electricity from increasingly low-carbon sources.
“Corporate mobilization is crucial given the climate emergency we’re facing, and it is our responsibility and in everyone’s interest to act quickly. By committing to a particularly ambitious climate plan, the impact of GHG emissions will, now more than ever, be a factor in all our decisions, whether for industrial investments, energy supply contracts or acquisition projects. We’re calling on each of our business lines to contribute to this reduction” says Thierry Le Hénaff, Chairman and CEO of Arkema.
The initiatives undertaken by Arkema to reduce its environmental footprint have enabled it to achieve, as early as 2018, two of its other strategic environmental objectives set for 2025 compared to 2012. These relate to intensive emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air and intensive emissions of chemical oxygen demand (COD) into water.
Ever committed to reducing the environmental footprint of its operations, Arkema is also announcing a revision of these two objectives with a new long-term target for 2030 compared to 2012:
- Air (VOC emissions): 65% reduction in intensive emissions. In 2019, there was a 40% reduction
- Water (COD emissions): 60% reduction in intensive emissions. In 2019, there was a 50% reduction
Image: Thierry Le Hénaff, Chairman and CEO of Arkema