ALTANA Focuses on Environmentally Compatible Management

The ALTANA Group’s commitment to sustainability goes far beyond reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Thus, environmentally compatible management as a whole is of central importance. For example, the company has set ambitious targets for waste reduction and responsible use of drinking water.

Environmentally compatible management is a key component of ALTANA's corporate strategy. Our goal is to continuously reduce our energy consumption. We also implement this aim in other environmentally relevant areas, such as waste and drinking water consumption.

The ALTANA Group measures progress in the area of environmental protection with the help of specific key figures. In addition to absolute values, the figures are set in relation to the quantity of finished goods produced. ALTANA sets annual upper limits for energy consumption, water consumption, and waste volumes in relation to the volume of finished goods produced. 

Detailed information on ALTANA’s resource and energy consumption as well as the environmental indicators can be found in the Corporate Report 2021.

On course for climate neutrality by 2025

ALTANA is setting its greenhouse gas emissions in production and energy procurement to zero worldwide by 2025. Included are greenhouse gas emissions resulting from the combustion of fossil fuels, primarily natural gas (Scope 1), as well as indirect greenhouse gas emissions from energy consumption, particularly in the form of electricity (Scope 2). Greenhouse gas emissions resulting from necessary business trips, company cars, and goods transport (Scope 3) are included in the neutral position by 2025. For the areas mentioned, the emission of greenhouse gases into the environment will be avoided or compensated for by suitable measures. ALTANA thus contributes to the climate target of limiting global warming to 1.5 °C that was set at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris in 2015. 

You can find out more about the Group’s measures and current performance indicators in the Climate Neutrality by 2025 section and in the Corporate Report 2021

Responsible usage of the resource water

Water plays an important role in many of the ALTANA Group’s production processes, and the specialty chemicals group is making various efforts to use this resource sparingly. Water is used in the chemical industry as a raw material, as a cleaning agent, and as a coolant. ALTANA aims to keep its water consumption as low as possible and to use the resource as a cooling medium in closed loop systems. 

In the Corporate Report 2021 ALTANA presents its handling of the resource water in a transparent way. 

Optimization of waste management

ALTANA aims to avoid or reduce wastewater and waste and thus minimize the negative effects on people and the environment, among other things by using suitable raw materials and cleaning agents. 

In recent years, ALTANA’s divisions have been able to reduce waste volumes at numerous sites by means of recycling. In addition, significant amounts of solvents have been saved at several sites through the use of more efficient cleaning agents and the revision of cleaning regulations.

Detailed information on waste management in the ALTANA Group can be found in the Corporate Report 2021.