Climate protection

Climate protection is of fundamental importance across our entire value chain. From research and development through production to storage and transport, we focus on resource-efficient processes and eco-friendly solutions.

We systematically analyse the environmental impact of our operations and use our findings as a basis for our climate protection management system. To this end, we record and evaluate our emissions worldwide. We track the greenhouse gases emitted at different stages of our products’ value chains, following the recommendations of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol. In 2011, we emitted around 16.9 million tonnes of greenhouse gases (2010: 15.7 million tonnes). The increase on 2010 can be explained by our higher production volumes.

Greenhouse gas emissions in CO2 equivalents

The Linde Group

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

in million t

 

2011

 

2010

 

2009

 

2008

Direct emissions (Scope 1)

 

6.7

 

6.2

 

5.4

 

5.4

CO2 emissions

 

5.7

 

5.4

 

4.6

 

4.5

Other greenhouse gases

 

0.6

 

0.4

 

0.4

 

0.5

Linde Group transport fleet

 

0.4

 

0.4

 

0.4

 

0.4

Indirect emissions (Scope 2)

 

10.2

 

9.5

 

9.0

 

9.7

Sum

 

16.9

 

15.7

 

14.4

 

15.1

Priorities and goals

As production levels rise, so too do direct and indirect emissions. We aim to combat this trend by concentrating our climate protection efforts on CO2 intensive activities – on our air separation plants, and on areas that provide the greatest potential for wide-scale emissions reductions, for example transport logistics.

Greenhouse gas emissions

in CO2 equivalents

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Greenhouse gas emissions (graphic)

Our air separation plants generate nitrogen, oxygen and argon. They are responsible for over 85 percent of our electricity consumption and therefore the majority of our indirect CO2 emissions. By 2013, we aim to improve energy intensity in our air separation plants by three percent per quantity of gas produced relative to the 2008 baseline. This goal represents a potential saving corresponding to around 630 GWh of electricity which translates into savings of around 270,000 tonnes of CO2. By the end of 2011, we had already improved efficiency by 2.7 percent. In 2011, we evaluated local targets for climate protection and energy efficiency at our sites and stepped up efforts to develop a new, follow-on climate protection goal.

We implement a wide range of measures to reduce emissions caused by the transport of our products. These include optimal routing, improved capacity planning and training courses in fuel-efficient driving. We have defined CO2 emissions targets for our fleet in Germany, which numbers almost 1,000 cars, and we have replaced over one third of our vehicles to comply with the new targets. In addition, we introduced an incentive system for fuel-efficient driving. Through these measures, we were able to reduce the average greenhouse gas emissions of our German fleet from 167 grams per kilometre in 2008 to 147 grams per kilometre in 2011. This translates into total carbon savings of around 240 tonnes between 2008 and 2010. In recognition of this sustainable company car strategy, TÜV Süd, a leading German testing, inspection and certification company, presented its Green Fleet Award to Linde in 2011. This was the second time we received this award. In 2011, we launched a global project to add CO2 emissions to the selection criteria for transport service providers.

Emissions balance 2011

The Linde Group

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Emissions balance 2011 (graphic)

Climate-friendly products

Linde makes its greatest contribution to climate protection through its products. During the period under review, we set up the Clean Energy Group. The aim of this cross-disciplinary team is to develop further innovative products and processes that help make renewable energies cost-effective, conserve natural resources and cut harmful emissions.

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