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Natural capital

Our environmental policies and the principal environmental risks for our business operations and value chain are described in the Sustainability sections on Responsible sourcing, Greenhouse gas emissions and renewable electricity and Water. Our natural capital KPIs measure the performance of all our operations in terms of energy usage, water consumption, waste and by-product generation, and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Category

 

Unit

2020

20196

Production volume √

 

kT

524

499

Energy √

Electricity (renewable)

GJx10^3

548

397

 

Electricity (non-renewable)

GJx10^3

229

285

 

Natural gas, purchased steam (non-renewable)

GJx10^3

2,432

2,290

 

Biogas, purchased steam (renewable)

GJx10^3

251

246

 

Total

GJx10^3

3,459

3,219

Energy intensity √

Total, specific

GJ/T

6.60

6.45

GHG emissions √

Scope I

kT CO2 equiv

114

101

 

Scope II (market-based)

kT CO2 equiv

59

68

 

Scope II (location-based)

kT CO2 equiv

98

96

 

Scope III

kT CO2 equiv

990

907

 

Biogenic emissions2

kT CO2 equiv

49.54

34.33

 

Scope I, specific

T CO2 equiv /T

0.22

0.20

 

Scope II, specific (market-based)

T CO2 equiv /T

0.11

0.14

 

Scope II, specific (location-based)

T CO2 equiv /T

0.19

0.19

 

Scope III, specific

T CO2 equiv /T

1.89

1.82

Water consumption3

Total

m3x10^3

4,793

4,318

 

Total, specific

m3/T

9.14

8.64

Waste (total4) √

Recycled

kT

23.59

21.13

 

Incinerated

kT

2.45

2.03

 

Landfilled

kT

1.84

1.20

 

Total

kT

27.87

24.35

Waste (non-hazardous) √

Recycled

kT

22.72

20.48

 

Incinerated

kT

2.40

1.94

 

Landfilled

kT

1.75

1.15

 

Total

kT

26.88

23.57

Waste (hazardous) √

Recycled

kT

0.86

0.651

 

Incinerated

kT

0.05

0.09

 

Landfilled

kT

0.08

0.04

 

Total

kT

0.99

0.781

By-products5

Recycled

kT

499

452

 

Incinerated

kT

0

0

 

Landfilled

kT

9.22

4.61

 

Total

kT

508

456

  • 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 fermentation, 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  • 3 Sum of the water withdrawn from rivers, aquifers, rainwater reservoirs, municipal water supplies, including purchased steam.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 facility in Araucária (Granotec do Brazil) was not included in 2019.
  •  =  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, fuel and energy-related activities, upstream and downstream transportation, waste generated in operations, business travel, and employee commuting.

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 climate agreement.

Compared to 2019, our total emissions increased due to an increase in the total production volume. Our specific Scope I emissions increased by 8% due to changes in product mix and efficiency-losses during start-up activities. For Scope II, our market-based specific emissions decreased by 13%, due to the increased use of renewable electricity. Eight out of thirteen Corbion sites are now 100% powered by renewable electricity, which increases our global coverage to 71%. Our specific Scope III emissions increased by 4% due to the changes in product and supplier mix. Emissions related to employee commuting and business travel significantly decreased due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, but this does not materially impact our overall Scope III emissions. The biogenic emissions include the indirect biogenic emissions from the renewable energy used at our facility in Orindiúva. 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 1

  • 1 See the Sustainability statements for an explanation of concerning the relevance of the Scope II categories that are not reported.