Facts on Environmental Protection
Our environmental-protection measures are closely linked with our understanding of sustainable and efficient management. We work continuously on reducing our use of energy and resources as well the amount of waste produced by our operations.
To this end, we have set ourselves clear goals. By 2020, we seek to reduce our CO2 emissions by 30 percent compared to 2007. By 2017, we intend to cut our water consumption by five percent in comparison with 2012. To achieve these long-term goals, for each calendar year we define key performance indicators that set our consumption in relation to gross added value. We gather the necessary data continuously in our companies.
In recent years, our companies have made good progress in all areas relevant to the environment. We have been able to reduce the respective consumption Group-wide in accordance with our specifications. Since we acquired Rockwood’s rheology business in 2013, this development has no longer been uniform. The companies that belonged to ALTANA prior to 2013 continue to make very good progress. They have palpably reduced their effects on the environment, and in 2015 had values considerably lower than the key performance indicators defined for that year. But the Group as a whole cannot meet all of the objectives.
The reason for this are the production processes in the rheology additives operations we acquired in 2013. They require more energy and produce more waste. On the other hand, they have a lower impact on the environment in the supply chain, as they process non-fossil raw materials that, especially in the U.S., are extracted in the immediate vicinity of our sites.
In 2015, ALTANA manufactured around 512,000 tons of finished goods, for which it needed some 550,000 tons of raw materials. The raw materials are divided into three groups. More than 85 percent (around 468,000 tons) are fossil raw materials. Renewable raw materials comprise around 23,000 tons, and non-fossil and non-renewable raw materials around 58,500 tons. Additionally, we used some 47,500 tons of water as a raw material.
According to a survey at all manufacturing sites, a total of 86 percent fulfill the ISO 14001 standard (BYK: 83 percent; ECKART: 88 percent; ELANTAS: 90 percent; ACTEGA: 83 percent).