Responsible chemistry that meets essential needs while protecting our shared home.
Maintaining safe, sustainable operations has an impact on our company, our communities, the environment, and our collective future. From the beginning, we have taken action to improve our impact on climate.
Report on Greenhouse Emissions
Reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is a crucial step for the planet, and it is a key part of our responsible chemistry commitment. As we look ahead, we are working towards setting science-based targets to further guide our GHG emissions reduction strategy.
The science tells us we can go further in our reduction of GHG emissions. In recognition of that, we’ve set an ambitious goal: we will be carbon positive by 2050.
For us this means that the GHG emissions avoided by using our products will be greater than the sum of the GHG emissions generated by our activities.
Even though Chemours' overall energy consumption has increased each year since 2015, our production has as well. Our energy intensity (defined as BTUs/lb. sales product), by contrast, decreased slightly in 2017, even as we grew our production volumes.
Let’s look at this in more detail.
We are working to understand the total impact of our activities on GHG emissions across our value chain, including lowered emissions that result from the use of our products like our Opteon™ product line of ultra–low global warming potential refrigerants. The figures below encompass GHG emissions data for manufacturing sites within Chemours' operational control at year-end 2017, and do not include quantities attributed to providing services to site tenants at some of our larger manufacturing facilities. GHG emissions associated with supplying energy and steam services to our tenants average 0.2 million metric tons (MT) per year. We provide this data, upon request, to our tenants for their sustainability reporting.
In 2017, we measured total scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions of 11.7 million MT of CO2e associated with our manufacturing activities. We noted an increase in 2017 GHG emissions relative to 2016 results, which we attribute to annual variations in the capture and control of hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) and hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) emissions at one of our manufacturing sites.
This annual variation impacts both our total (also known as absolute) reported GHG emissions and our measured CO2e emissions intensity, defined as MT of CO2e per of MT sales product. Understanding our scopes 1 and 2 emissions enables us to identify opportunities to reduce our emissions intensity. Examples of programs currently under consideration include installing abatement technologies to address HCFC and HFC emissions, converting steam boilers to cleaner carbon sources, improving the energy efficiency of our operations, and sourcing electricity from renewable energy sources.
A few recent projects have already delivered emissions reduction benefits.
We are improving operational efficiency, safety, and energy and resource use.
Our Titanium Technologies business has made recent upgrades to improve our climate impact. We’re now cogenerating electricity and steam at our newly expanded Altamira, Mexico, plant, and, in Johnsonville, Tennessee, our plant now produces chlorine and caustic onsite.
When evaluating changes at our DeLisle, Mississippi, plant, we focused on meeting new regulatory requirements.
Sustainability played a part in that decision. Instead of retrofitting the existing boilers, the plant decided to convert the older coal-fired boilers to new gas-fired boilers. The conversion, completed in November 2016, significantly reduced NOx and SOx emissions, reduced boiler GHG emissions by 43%, and improved boiler reliability and efficiency. This change also eliminated the need to purchase, transport, store, and use large quantities of coal, and resulted in 10,200 MT less solid waste sent for landfill disposal. We saw major benefits at once, and in 2017, the first full year after installation, total NOx and SOx emissions went down by nearly 5,000 metric tons.
To learn more about our Corporate Responsibility Commitment and 2030 goals, we invite you to download our full report.