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Our environmental policies and the principal environmental risks for our business operations and value chain are described in the Sustainability chapter sections on Responsible sourcing and Responsible operations.

Our resource-efficiency KPIs measure the performance of all of our operations on energy usage, water consumption, waste and by-product generation, and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Category

 

Unit

20195

2018

Production volume √

 

kT

499

481

Energy √

Electricity (renewable)

GJx10^3

397

227

 

Electricity (non-renewable)

GJx10^3

285

317

 

Natural gas, purchased steam (non-renewable and renewable)

GJx10^3

2,513

2,221

 

Biogas (renewable)

GJx10^3

23

27

 

Total

GJx10^3

3,219

2,792

Energy intensity √

Total, specific

GJ/T

6.45

5.81

GHG emissions √

Scope I

kT CO2 equiv

101

94

 

Scope II (market based)

kT CO2 equiv

68

83

 

Scope II (location based)

kT CO2 equiv

96

101

 

Scope III

kT CO2 equiv

907

761

 

Biogenic emissions1

kT CO2 equiv

34.33

5.40

 

Scope I, specific

T CO2 equiv /T

0.20

0.20

 

Scope II, specific (market based)

T CO2 equiv /T

0.14

0.17

 

Scope II, specific (location based)

T CO2 equiv /T

0.19

0.21

 

Scope III, specific

T CO2 equiv /T

1.82

1.60

Water consumption2

Total

m3x10^3

4,318

3,807

 

Total, specific

m3/T

8.64

7.92

Waste (total3) √

Recycled

kT

21.13

23.00

 

Incinerated

kT

2.03

2.10

 

Landfilled

kT

1.20

2.00

 

Total

kT

24.35

27.10

Waste (hazardous) √

Recycled

kT

0.58

0.51

 

Incinerated

kT

0.09

0.01

 

Landfilled

kT

0.04

0.03

 

Total

kT

0.71

0.55

By-products4

Recycled

kT

452

429

 

Incinerated

kT

0

0

 

Landfilled

kT

4.61

2.50

 

Total

kT

456

431

  • 1 Restated due to data quality improvement.
  • 2 Biogenic emissions are mainly related to indirect emissions from purchased renewable energy and direct emissions from algae fermentations, the consumption of biogas, and waste water treatment.
  • 3 Sum of the water withdrawn from rivers, aquifers, rainwater reservoirs, municipal water supplies, including purchased steam.
  • 4 Sum of hazardous and non-hazardous waste. Waste means any substance or object arising from our routine operations which we discard or intend to discard, or are required to discard.
  • 5 Valuable by-products generated in the production of lactic acid.
  • 6 Our recently acquired facility in Araucária is not yet included in the reporting scope for the Natural capital KPIs.

√ Reviewed by external auditor

Greenhouse gas emissions

We report our emissions in carbon equivalents from cradle to gate in accordance with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol. This includes Scope I emissions from direct production (for natural gas), Scope II emissions from purchased energy (for electricity and purchased steam), and Scope III emissions related to purchased goods and services[1] , fuel and energy-related activities, upstream and downstream transportation, waste generated in operations[2] , business travel, and employee commuting.

  • 1 For 2019 including packaging and outsourcing, which was not included in 2018
  • 2 Not included for 2018

The chart below shows which Scope III activities have the most significant GHG emissions, offer the greatest opportunities for reduction, and are the most relevant to our ambition to reduce our carbon footprint in line with the Paris Agreement. In 2019, we have included the GHG emissions from waste generated in operations in our reporting scope and we have improved the completeness of the reporting on purchased goods by including emissions related to packaging and outsourcing.

Compared to 2018, our total emissions increased due to an increase in the total production volume. Our specific Scope I emissions remained constant. For Scope II, our market-based specific emissions decreased by 18%, due to the increased use of renewable electricity. Seven out of twelve Corbion sites are now 100% powered by renewable electricity, which increases our global coverage to 58%, ahead of our 2020 target (50%). Our Scope III emissions are not directly comparable to the Scope III emissions reported for 2018, due to the inclusion of additional categories (waste, packaging, and outsourcing) and the inclusion of our facility in Orindiúva. When comparing on the same basis, our specific Scope III emissions decreased by some 2%.The biogenic emissions for 2019 include the indirect biogenic emissions from the renewable energy used at our facility in Orindiúva, which was not included in the reporting scope for 2018. Our Orindiúva facility uses renewable electricity and steam generated from the incineration of bagasse at the neighboring sugar mill.

Greenhouse gas emissions in Corbion's value chain