Our long term ambition and guiding star is to become Finite Material Neutral, which for example means shifting away from all virgin fossil raw materials and energy at our production plants globally. We have set targets for 2030 as a step on the way towards becoming Finite Material Neutral. These targets comprise science based emission reduction targets and targets on Water, Waste and (Eco) toxic impact.
Greenhouse gas emissions
As a chemical industry we have a large footprint when it comes to greenhouse gas emissions. Our production processes are often energy intensive and our feedstocks are traditionally fossil based. Therefore reducing greenhouse gas emissions is one of our top priorities.
Perstorp has approved science based targets for Scope 1&2 aligning with Paris agreement 1,5 C target and for Scope 3 involving indirect emission connected for example to the raw materials used and the end of life of our products.
To reach our science based targets in 2030 we have to look at every aspect of the company and prioritize the areas where we have the largest impact. Until 2030 our focus is on reducing our energy consumption and shifting to renewable or recovered energy sources but also shifting significant parts of our raw materials from virgin fossil to renewable or recycled and help increasing recyclability of end products in society.
GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSION TARGETS 2030
- Scope 1 & 2 emissions – absolute CO2 reduction of 46.2 percent until 2030 from a 2019 base year.
Scope 3 emissions – CO2 reduction of 27.8 percent per ton product sold until 2030 from a 2019 base year.
WHAT ARE PERSTORP’S SCOPE 1, 2 AND 3 EMISSIONS?
- Scope 1 emissions – Direct emissions from production sites.
- Scope 2 emissions – Indirect emissions from purchased energy.
- Scope 3 emissions – Indirect emissions mainly related to raw materials, transport, waste and end of life treatment of products.
Perstorp’s production sites all use water to some extent – for cooling, as a solvent for chemical reactions, a carrier for products and a heat-transfer medium. Freshwater is part of our overall Finite Material Neutral ambition and we work to reduce our water footprint through efficiency and reuse technologies. One way to reduce the use of freshwater is to purify and recycle wastewater, a thechnology that we are planning to introduce at several of our sites.
Water target 2030
- 30% absolute reduction of freshwater consumption, from a 2019 base year.
Minimizing waste in all phases of production remains a priority at Perstorp and waste is one of the focus areas of our Finite Material Neutral Ambition. We strive to avoid the generation of waste by focusing on quality management at all our production sites and finding new, circular ways of using our residues. When waste cannot be avoided, we strive to divert it from disposal in landfill and incineration by recycling it or preparing it for reuse.
WASTE TARGET 2030
- 30% absolute reduction of hazardous waste directed to disposal, from a 2019 base year.
- 30% absolute reduction of non-hazardous waste directed to disposal, from a 2019 base year.
(eco) toxic impact targets 2030
The (eco) toxic impact is the impact that chemicals produced by Perstorp have on human health and the environment. (eco) toxic is derived from both eco-toxicology and toxicology. Eco-toxicology refers to the impact chemicals have on the environment, and toxicology to the impact on humans.
- No chemicals of concern should reach the consumer or professional market.
- Newly developed products should be safe and sustainable by design.
WHAT IS CHEMICALS OF CONCERN
At Perstorp, we use the ‘chemicals of concern’ concept, which is wider than substances of very high concern (SVHC). If we produce a chemical of concern, we ensure it is only used as an intermediate.
We always ensure the safe use of all the chemicals we put on the market throughout the value chain and continuously drive the development of minimizing hazards in our product portfolio. Any new intermediate products that are of concern will only be marketed if they can accelerate the sustainable transformation.