A declared goal of Clariant is the continuous improvement of important environmental indicators. This includes energy consumption, carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions, water use as well as waste and wastewater generation. In 2011, Clariant had defined specific corresponding target values for 2020. These values were already achieved three years later. Now, new target values have been set for 2025. To this end, energy consumption and CO2 emissions must each be reduced by 30% per ton of produced goods in comparison with 2013. Greenhouse gas emissions, the amount of water used, and the amount of waste volume each must also be reduced by 35%, and effluents must be reduced by 40%. The achievement of these yet very ambitious goals becomes increasingly more expensive. For additional improvements, above all, increasingly smaller measures must be implemented (see environmental key indicators).
Changes in the portfolio and in the company structure can create improvements or impairments in the environmental performance without anything having changed in actual environmental behavior. However, in goal-setting and projections, Clariant considers such effects. Sometimes, the positive and negative effects that are caused by such changes cancel each other out. If Clariant attains the most recent goals in 2025, the Group will have accomplished improvements for central environmental parameters between 62% and 76% – within only 20 years.
Carbon Dioxide VIEW ENTIRE GLOSSARY