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heating, and compressed air using the “market-based” method)
are caused by unavoidable greenhouse gas emissions
that were not offset by compensation. In addition, biogenic
greenhouse gas emissions accounted for 222 tons of CO²
As a result of the growth described above, the volume
of hazardous waste increased from 17,836 tons in the pre-
vious year to 21,634 tons in the reporting period. The indicator
related to the quantity of produced finished goods
increased slightly from 34.1 kg / t to 35.3 kg / t. The amount
of non-hazardous waste increased disproportionately by
12 % from 8,573 tons to 9,598 tons. The figure in relation
to produced finished goods was thus cut from 16.4 kg / t
to 15.7 kg / t. The reasons for the improved waste volume bal-
ance include the optimization of production processes and
the reuse of byproducts (details can be found in the document
“Facts and figures on sustainability 2021”).
The volume of water consumption also grew and reflected
a switch to water-based products. Drinking water consumption
increased from 1.15 million cubic meters in the previous
year to 1.36 million cubic meters in the year under
review. The resulting ratio based on the volume of produced
finished goods was 2.22 m³ / t (previous year: 2.19 m³ / t).
A total of 651,955 tons of raw materials were required.
Of this amount, 442,382 tons were fossil raw materials,
27,834 tons were renewable raw materials, 129,241 tons
were non-fossil and non-renewable raw materials, and
52,499 tons were water. Detailed information on ALTANA’s
resource and energy consumption (differentiated by electricity,
natural gas, and oil) as well as the environmental indicators
can be found at www.altana.com/facts_figures_
In 2021, 90 % of the ALTANA Group’s production sites
met the ISO 14001 environmental management standard.
New sites are often not yet certified according to ISO 14001
and have three years to do so. However, these sites are
Improvements in Environmental Performance
The ALTANA Group measures progress in the area of environmental
protection using specific key performance indicators.
In addition to the absolute values, the figures are set
in relation to the quantity of produced finished goods.
ALTANA sets annual upper limits for energy consumption,
water consumption, and waste quantities in relation to
produced finished goods. The development of these indicators
is published in the document “Facts and Figures on
In the 2021 fiscal year, the ALTANA Group’s energy
consumption increased to 743,304 megawatt hours compared
to 668,493 megawatt hours in the previous year.
This was due to the significant increase in global economic
output and the resulting demand. The volume of produced
finished goods increased from 523,730 tons (2020)
to 612,089 tons (2021). Also due to this increase, specific
energy consumption decreased from 1.28 MWh per ton of
finished goods produced (2020) to 1.21 MWh per ton of
finished goods produced (2021).
ALTANA already switched its global electricity procurement
to renewable sources in 2020 via Guarantees of Origin.
In the year under review, it additionally invested in offset
projects for the first time. Here, attention is paid to the highest
standards and to ensuring that the projects are in line
with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. In the
reporting year, ALTANA offset 32.9 % of its Scope 1 emissions.
Since 2020, we have also been publishing CO² equivalents,
which include other greenhouse gases in addition
to carbon dioxide, such as nitrous oxide (N²O). The value for
2021 is 102,851 tons. Greenhouse gas emissions increased
at a disproportionately low rate of around 11 % compared
with the previous year. Of this amount, 69,500 tons of CO²
equivalents (of which 68,144 tons for Scope 1 and 1,356 tons
for Scope 2 from the purchase of electricity, steam, district