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Kemira targets carbon neutrality across operations by 2045


February 11, 2020
By P&PC Staff

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Kemira, the Finland-based global chemicals company, says it aims for its operations to be carbon neutral by 2045.

Kemira has set a target of 30 per cent reduction in combined so-called Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2030, from the 2018 baseline of 0.93 MTCO2e. The long-term ambition is to be carbon neutral across the whole company by 2045 for combined scope 1 and 2 emissions.

“Our upgraded target shows that Kemira fully supports the ambition of the UNFCCC Paris Agreement and that we recognize our contribution to the collaboration needed across sectors and stakeholders to solve climate change,” says Jari Rosendal, president and CEO of Kemira, in a statement.

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In order to reduce emissions, the company says it will: source zero-emission electricity, switch to renewables for its sites, electrify processes at its sites, and work toward energy efficiency. Offsetting through nature-based solutions remains a long-term option.

For scope 3 emissions, Kemira says it will work with suppliers to decrease the carbon footprint of purchased goods and services.

To that end, Kemira will also be encouraging suppliers to set their own ambitious GHG reduction targets aligned with the Paris Agreement. Kemira’s R&D function is working towards developing more products from bio-based and industrial byproduct raw materials, helping to further reduce scope 3 emissions.

In 2019, Kemira helped to avoid emissions by providing 414 GWh of excess heat from its manufacturing to companies and communities around its sites.