Evonik reduces specific gas emissions by 16 per cent

By Pooja Kondhia

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Specialty chemicals manufacturer Evonik has claimed to have improved, using the term significantly, its CO2 efficiency in chemical production.

The company has stated a reduction in its specific energy-related greenhouse gas emissions by 16 per cent since the year of 2004 and in comparison to the previous year, an improvement of a full three per cent in the year 2010.

According to Evonik, the improvements made emphasise the progress it has been making in moving towards its self-imposed goal of reducing specific energy-related greenhouse gases of its chemical activities, to 20 per cent lower than the level in 2004 by 2014.

Total emissions

In 2010, Evonik’s total greenhouse gas emissions increased to 9.14 metric tons CO2 equivalent. This is an 11 per cent increase from the previous year 2009, which saw total greenhouse gas emissions at 8.23 million.

However, the company has been quick to point out that even though its greenhouse gas emissions increased, its specific emissions, such as emissions relative to output, declined by three per cent.

Therefore, according to Evonik, it has “successfully detached its production growth from rising emissions​.”

Our significantly increased energy efficiency is making an important contribution to climate protection​" commented Klaus Engel, Evonik CEO.

Efficiency measures

Evonik has credited its reduction of specific greenhouse gas emissions to various efficiency enhancement measures such as the start-up of a new cogeneration power plant in Antwerp, Belgium.

Also, a more efficient installation for thermal incineration of exhaust gases from the production of the feed additive methionine.

In addition, the specialty chemicals company has stated to have initiated selective energy-saving programs at its site in Rheinfelden, Germany.

Furthermore, Evonik claims to have invested €36 million in environmental protection for its chemical business activities during the 2010 financial year.

We want to be successful as a supplier of competitive products and technologies that also make a contribution to sustainability. At the same time, we want to be a responsible, reliable and fair partner for our customers, employees and society and meet the demands made by our shareholders​,” explained Engel.

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