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By measuring Evonik’s carbon footprint according to international standards, the Group is taking on responsibility for its entire value chain
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The production process of a chemical company is only one part of a much longer value chain. Resources are consumed and emissions are generated all along the chain, from plant construction to the procurement of energy and raw materials, from transport to the ultimate disposal of products, and from employees’ daily commutes to business trips all over the globe. Companies face a huge challenge when they have to precisely calculate the volume of greenhouse gases they emit at various points along their entire value chain. Evonik Industries is using an internationally recognized process to address this challenge.
Protection of the climate and the environment is a core aspect of Evonik’s sense of corporate responsibility. That’s why the Group has published a detailed balance sheet of its greenhouse gas emissions—the Evonik Carbon Footprint (ECF)—since 2008. This report documents the development of the Group’s direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions. In addition to the emissions from Evonik’s own production plants, the report also evaluates categories such as purchased energy and raw materials, transport, business trips, production waste, and the disposal of sold products. Moreover, selected Evonik products are examined in order to show which emissions can be avoided by using these specific products instead of standard products that are established on the market.
The balance sheet is drawn up for key selected categories along the value chain in accordance with the internationally recognized Greenhouse Gas Protocol Corporate Standard (GHG protocol) of the World Resources Institute and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.
"More than two thirds of the greenhouse gas emissions are generated not within the Group’s own locations but elsewhere along the value chain," says Guido Vornholt from the Life Cycle Management Group, which is responsible for documenting Evonik's greenhouse gas emissions. "By publishing the Evonik Carbon Footprint, the Group is not only making its greenhouse gas emissions transparent but also taking on responsibility for the entire value chain."