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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

2021

2020

Production volume √

 

kT

625

571 1

Energy √

Electricity (renewable)

GJx10^3

667

548

 

Electricity (non-renewable)

GJx10^3

178

229

 

Natural gas, purchased steam (non-renewable)

GJx10^3

2,493

2,431

 

Biogas, purchased steam (renewable)

GJx10^3

359

251

 

Total

GJx10^3

3,697

3,459

Energy intensity √

Total, specific

GJ/T

5.9

6.1 1

GHG emissions √

Scope I

kT CO2 equiv

106

100 1

 

Scope II (market-based)

kT CO2 equiv

49

57 1

 

Scope II (location-based)

kT CO2 equiv

91

96 1

 

Scope III

kT CO2 equiv

970

944 1

 

Biogenic emissions2

kT CO2 equiv

71

50 1

 

Scope I, specific

T CO2 equiv /T

0.17

0.18 1

 

Scope II, specific (market-based)

T CO2 equiv /T

0.08

0.10 1

 

Scope II, specific (location-based)

T CO2 equiv /T

0.15

0.17 1

 

Scope III, specific

T CO2 equiv /T

1.55

1.65 1

Water consumption3

Total

m3x10^3

5,456

4,793

 

Total, specific

m3/T

8.72

8.39 1

Waste (total4) √

Recycled

kT

22.52

23.59

 

Incinerated

kT

1.64

2.45

 

Landfilled

kT

1.84

1.84

 

Total

kT

26.0

27.9

Waste (non-hazardous) √

Recycled

kT

21.48

22.72

 

Incinerated

kT

1.54

2.40

 

Landfilled

kT

1.81

1.75

 

Total

kT

24.83

26.87

Waste (hazardous) √

Recycled

kT

1.04

0.86

 

Incinerated

kT

0.10

0.05

 

Landfilled

kT

0.03

0.08

 

Total

kT

1.17

0.99

By-products5

Recycled

kT

436

452 1

 

Incinerated

kT

0

0

 

Landfilled

kT

11.59

9.22

 

Total

kT

448

461 1

  • 1 Restated due to data-quality improvement.
  • 2 Biogenic emissions mainly relate 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  • 3 Sum of the water withdrawn from rivers, aquifers, rainwater reservoirs, municipal water supplies, including purchased steam.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.
  •  =  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.

Compared to 2020, our total emissions increased by 2%, while our production volume increased by 9%. Our specific Scope I emissions decreased by 6% due to changes in the product mix and the implementation of energy savings projects. For Scope II, our market-based specific emissions decreased by 20%, due to the increased use of renewable electricity. Nine out of twelve Corbion sites are now 100% powered by renewable electricity, which increases our global coverage to 79%. Our specific Scope III emissions decreased by 6% due to the changes in product mix and supplier improvements. Corbion's biogenic emissions are related to the production of algae ingredients at our facility Orindiúva. This includes both direct biogenic emissions during the fermentation process and indirect biogenic emissions related to the renewable energy used. The facility uses renewable electricity and steam generated from the incineration of bagasse at the neighboring sugar mill. These biogenic emissions increased due to the increased production of algae ingredients.

Greenhouse gas emissions in Corbion’s value chain

See Materiality of Scope III categories below for an explanation of the relevance of the Scope III categories that are not reported.

 Materiality of Scope III categories

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.