Despite the challenges of the year, Chemours made progress toward 2030 and set ourselves a new, more impactful climate goal.
Our 2020 Climate Highlights
- Challenged ourselves to achieve a 60% absolute reduction of operations-related scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.
- Set a target of net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050. This excludes the emissions avoided by the use of products like Opteon™.
- Achieved carbon-free energy at our Mechelen, Belgium, site.
- Improved steam use at our Dordrecht Works so it is now over 70% renewably sourced by waste-heat-generated steam, thanks to the site leadership team’s vision and a partnership with a local waste-incineration company.
- Continued installing new gas boilers at our Parkersburg, West Virginia, site—replacing the coal-fed boilers, converting the site and tenants to natural-gas boilers, and reducing annual CO2e emissions by an estimated 120,000 metric tons.
Our Next Steps on the Journey to Net Zero
The year 2020 was unusual in many ways, and that extended to our emissions progress. Due to reduced production volumes, some overall emissions numbers decreased, but when production returns to projected levels, emissions will rebound as well. The opening of our Discovery Hub and increased production of Ti-Pure™ also unfortunately led to some increases in indirect scope 2 emissions. That said, we made progress overall on GHG in 2020 due to the full impact of emissions reduction initiatives completed in 2019 as well as operational efficiencies realized in 2020.
Fortunately, the dislocations of 2020 did not deter us from aiming higher with our climate goals. We introduced a new, more aggressive absolute reduction goal, moving away from our intensity target and doing more to help the world meet the goals of the Paris climate accord. We plan to achieve net-zero GHG emissions from our operations by 2050, using a holistic approach to address our scope 1 direct emissions. Scope 1 emissions are those greenhouse gases generated directly from our operations, while scope 2 emissions are the indirect emissions associated with the purchase of electricity, steam, heat, or cooling.
To help us along our path, we also continued our capital improvement projects, realizing the full year’s benefits from our Fayetteville improvements and converting our Belgian plant to 100% renewable wind power and carbon-neutral natural gas.