2010-03-10

LANXESS cuts its global climate gas emissions by more than 50 percent

• Global campaign to reduce emissions • New CO2-neutral power plant taken into operation in Brazil

In the last two years, the specialty chemicals group LANXESS has reduced its direct climate gas emissions by more than 50 percent. From 2007 to 2009, annual emissions from the group’s plants were cut from 3.5 million to 1.5 million metric tons of CO2 equivalents. Emissions per metric ton of manufactured product have also fallen by almost half – from 0.56 to 0.3 metric tons of CO2 equivalents. The goal set for Germany of reducing climate gas emissions by 80 percent by 2012 compared to 2007 has already been reached today. Annual emissions fell from around 1.9 million metric tons of CO2 equivalents to less than 0.3 million metric tons.

“The use of environmentally friendly production processes plays a key role in our global sustainability strategy,” says Rainier van Roessel, member of the LANXESS AG Board of Management. “This year, we plan to build on the successes we have achieved in this area so far by launching a global campaign to reduce emissions and taking a total of four resource-friendly plants for generating energy into operation.”

The first milestone is a new cogeneration power plant for the production of electricity and steam, which LANXESS opened today at its Porto Feliz site in Brazil. Here, the group produces inorganic pigments under the Bayferrox brand that are used primarily in the construction, paints and coatings industries, but also in plastics, toners and paper. LANXESS has invested approximately EUR 8 million in the construction of this new on-site power plant. It is run on bagasse, a fibrous component of sugar cane that is left over after sugar production. Thanks to the use of this sustainable, environmentally friendly fuel, energy production takes place on a completely CO2-neutral basis. The amount of CO2 released is no greater than the volume absorbed by future sugar cane crops as they grow. The gradual switchover from fossil fuels to renewable raw materials for power generation at the site began as far back as 2003. The start-up of this new power plant will enable LANXESS to cut emissions of harmful gases at the site to virtually zero. From 2010, our climate gas emissions will decrease by around 44,000 metric tons of CO2 per year compared to 2002 levels. This state-of-the-art, highly efficient plant boasts an efficiency level of 90 percent.

Additionally, LANXESS is building further cogeneration power plants for resource-friendly energy generation in 2010 in India and Belgium. The company plans to invest a total of some additional EUR 17 million in these projects.

 


LANXESS is a leading specialty chemical company, with sales of EUR 6.58 billion in 2008, and currently employs approximately 14,600 people in 23 countries around the world. The company is represented at 46 production sites worldwide. The core business of LANXESS is the development, manufacturing and marketing of plastics, rubber, intermediates and specialty chemicals.

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