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The specialty chemicals group was able to cut its direct greenhouse gas emissions globally by more than half from 2007 to 2009. During this period, annual emissions from the group’s plants were reduced from 3.5 million to 1.5 million metric tons of CO2 equivalents. Emissions per metric ton of manufactured product fell by almost half to 0.3 metric tons of CO2 equivalents.
The defined goal was to further reduce specific CO2 emissions. In 2010, we set ourselves the target of reducing the specific energy consumption and specific CO2e emissions of each of our business segements by 10% through the end of fiscal 2015. We also found formulated the target of reducing our VOC emissions by 30% through the end of 2015. We achieved both our CO2e and VOC targets (unadjusted) by the end of 2015.
In terms of specific CO2 emissions, all segments achieved their reduction targets. With a reduction of around 30%, the Performance Chemicals segment substantially exceeded its target. The situation was also very encouraging in the two other segments – Performance Polymers and Advanced Intermediates – where we succeeded in cutting specific CO2 emissions by approximately 13%. One key reason for this achievement is the partial switchover to climate-neutral biomass for in-house power generation. We were able to reduce our specific CO2 emissions across all segments by more than 15%.