Evonik has reached all self-imposed environmental goals two years ahead of schedule. This is highlighted in the company’s Corporate Responsibility Report 2012, which documents that Evonik reduced its specific (i.e. production output-related) energy-related greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent in the time from 2004 to 2012. During the same period, specific production waste fell by 23 percent and specific water consumption by 31 percent. Original plans had called for the Group to reduce all three values by 20 percent by the year 2014.
Evonik took part in the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) for the first time in 2012 and immediately achieved the highest quality level of extensive and transparent reporting with a disclosure score of 81 out of 100 points. Supported by more than 700 institutional investors who together manage assets totalling US 80 trillion, the CDP is the world’s largest and most important initiative by the financial community on climate change as an investment criterion.
We continued to work on our Corporate Carbon Footprint in 2012. In particular, we track the potential to optimize carbon emissions in our value chain. For a range of products, we also look at reduction in emissions resulting from the use/benefits of these products for our customers compared with alternative products and applications. At the same time, together with our suppliers we endeavor to achieve a steady improvement in the CO2
profile of our inputs. Other indirect CO₂emissions and selected projects are reviewed by an auditor.
Overall, Evonik invested some €29 million in improved environmental protection in the past year, with operating expenses for environmental protection totaling € 250 million. Investment in environmental protection is divided among a large number of individual investments in effective end-of-pipe measures and measures integrated into plants and processes.