LANXESS has made its mission to be climate-neutral and does its bit to protect the environment. The chemical industry may be among the most energy-intensive of all industries, generating around 7% of total global CO2 emissions, but it is also an innovative solution provider. Thanks to a range of product and process innovations, the chemical industry is playing an active role in shaping a climate-friendly future.
LANXESS, for example, is constantly working to reduce its carbon footprint and has set itself some ambitious climate targets – including to become climate-neutral by 2040.
What climate-neutrality means for LANXESS:
- reducing emissions drastically from the company’s own sources,
- purchasing only very low-emission or climate-neutral energy,
- lowering emissions from 3.2 million tons to less than 300,000 tons by 2040,
- and neutralizing these residual emissions through compensation measures.
the laughing gas reduction plant
LANXESS has taken another major step on the road toward climate-neutrality: In early February 2021, we inaugurated a laughing gas reduction plant at our site in Antwerp, Belgium.
Robby Aerts is Assistant Plant Manager at LANXESS in Antwerp and a member of the project team that helped to build the laughing gas reduction plant. The 32-year-old talks about what makes the plant so special and what it was like working on the project.
Ambitious climate protection plans
In addition to the Antwerp plant, LANXESS is currently implementing further climate protection projects with the aim of becoming climate-neutral by 2040. For example, the Group is switching the entire energy supply at its Indian sites to renewable energy sources. This will involve massively expanding the utilization of biomass and solar energy there while completely phasing out coal and gas. This will cut CO2e emissions by a further 150,000 metric tons starting from 2024. We are also planning to phase out the use of coal-based energy at our major production sites in Germany. We plan to invest a total of up to EUR 100 million in our climate protection projects by 2025.
In addition, a series of project teams have been set up to explore ways of optimizing many of our existing production processes. We are also enhancing and refining our composite structures in relation to, for example, heat exchange between plants and air purification. Other procedures must first be developed on a large industrial scale. LANXESS is therefore turning the focus of its research more closely toward carbon-neutral process and technological innovation.
Since LANXESS was founded in 2004, we have cut our emissions from 6.4 million metric tons of CO2e to around 2.5 million metric tons of CO2e in 2020. That’s equivalent to more than 60%.