Facts About Chemours Louisville HFC-23 Emissions

HFC-23, Chemours, and the Environment

Chemours currently captures the majority of HFC-23 at our Louisville, Kentucky plant and has made process improvements to reduce the amount created. In addition, Chemours has announced the recent launch of a project to capture and destroy at least 99% of the HFC-23 process emissions at Louisville. The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2022.

The project includes the design, custom-build and installation of proprietary technology. HFC-23 is a unique hydrofluorocarbon that is commercialized for critical low-volume applications such as ultra-low temperature refrigerants for vaccines, medical utilization, and semiconductor manufacturing. If emitted, HFC-23 does not remain at ground level and instead, rises-up into the atmosphere as a greenhouse gas with high global warming potential (GWP).

Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Chemours understands that everyone has a fundamental role to play in helping protect the planet. That’s why in 2019 Chemours started making changes at individual plants all over the world that will collectively help reach the company’s climate goals. Chemours works to address climate change by taking prudent, practical, and cost-effective actions to reduce our emissions as the company grows, and strives to help customers do the same. Chemours is committed to reducing our scope 1 and scope 2 greenhouse gases (GHGs), and air process emissions from fluorinated organic compounds (FOCs). Chemours will accomplish this by improving resource use and energy efficiency, acting on opportunities to deploy lower emission technologies at all company manufacturing locations, increasing use of renewable energy and encouraging employees to reduce their own environmental footprints.

Chemours Corporate Responsibility and Community Commitments

  • In 2018, we introduced 10 ambitious Corporate Responsibility Commitment goals that include at least a 99% reduction of fluorinated organic emissions from all manufacturing sites globally, including our Louisville site.
  • By 2030, Chemours will reduce greenhouse gas emissions intensity by 60%. Chemours will continue to advance its environmental responsibility commitment and will be carbon positive by 2050.
  • Chemours is committed to continual engagement with the community around their manufacturing sites to ensure they are a good neighbor and a good steward of the environment.

Chemours Announces Net Zero GHG Emissions

Chemours has announced an ambition goal to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Click here to learn how the company is driving to achieve a 60% absolute reduction of operations-related GHG emission by 2030, putting the company on the path to zero GHG emissions by 2050.