A well-established energy system supports almost all sectors from businesses, medicine and education to agriculture, infrastructure, communications and high-technology. If such a system does not exist, this imposes serious constraints on the development of a country. Fossil fuels such as coal, oil, or gas are still major sources of electricity production, but burning carbon fuels produces large amounts of greenhouse gases which contribute towards climate change and have harmful impacts on people’s health and the environment. Against this background, the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix must be increased considerably.
Examples of our contribution
- With the new construction of a high-efficiency, modern gas and steam turbine power plant at our site in Marl, Germany, we will no longer generate electricity or steam on a coal basis. The new power plant will have a 90 percent level of efficiency and is a significant building block to help us reach our sustainability targets. After the planned start-up in 2022, we will reduce our CO2 emissions by up to a million metric tons per year.
- We take numerous technical and organizational measures to increase energy efficiency and conserve resources. These include the use of combined heat and power plants and the development of integrated systems between chemicals production and energy generation. The production plants of other companies are incorporated in this.
- Most of our energy management systems are based on the ISO 50001 standard.
- Evonik produces important components for the wind turbine industry: our crosslinkers and structural adhesives ensure high levels of strength and stability for the rotor blades of wind turbines while our oil additives give gearbox oil a long life with fewer oil changes required.
- We develop and manufacture high-purity chlorosilanes and monosilanes that are required to produce solar silicon and photoactive films for thin-film solar modules to enable the inexpensive generation of solar power.
- A team of experts has started working with the aim of reducing greenhouse gas emissions throughout the upstream value chain.
- Reduce absolute scope 1 and scope 2 emissions by 50 percent by 2025 (reference base: 2008)
Greenhouse gas emissions have been reduced by 42 percent compared with the reference base (2008).
- Reduce absolute scope 3 emissions from the upstream value chain—principally from the “carbonbackpack” - by 15 percent by 2025 (reference base: 2020)