Climate protection

Strategy

Our commitment to climate protection centres on resource-efficient processes and climate-friendly products and technologies. It builds on a systematic analysis of the relevance of the Group's business activities to climate protection. For this purpose, we record and evaluate emissions along the value chains of our products worldwide, from research through production to use by the customer. When accounting for greenhouse gases, Linde takes into consideration the guidance set out in the Greenhouse Gas Protocol.

In 2012, we once again took part in the survey by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) on climate protection reporting and performance. Linde has been included in the regional Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI) for Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The CDP recognised Linde's achievement as one of the companies which had made the greatest progress compared with the previous year out of all the companies included in this index for the first time.

Emissions (in million tonnes CO2 equivalents)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2012

 

2011

 

2010

 

2009

Assured by KPMG Sustainability

1

Includes greenhouse gases specified in the Kyoto protocol: methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (laughing gas, N2O), perfluorocarbons (PFCs), hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and sulphur hexafluoride (SF6).

2

We monitor compliance with local regulatory requirements worldwide and report our data for all sites legally obliged to report emissions.

Direct greenhouse gas emissions (Scope 1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CO2 emissions

 

5.3

 

5.7

 

5.4

 

4.6

of which by HyCO plants

 

4.2

 

4.3

 

4.3

 

3.9

Linde transport fleet

 

0.39

 

0.42

 

0.41

 

0.38

Other greenhouse gases1,2

 

0.4

 

0.6

 

0.4

 

0.4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Indirect greenhouse gas emissions (Scope 2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CO2 emissions

 

9.8

 

10.2

 

9.5

 

9.0

of which by air separation plants

 

8.9

 

8.9

 

8.3

 

8.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Scope 1 and 2 emissions

 

15.9

 

16.9

 

15.7

 

14.4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other greenhouse gas emissions (Scope 3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transports by contractors (in thousand t CO2e)

 

380

 

395

 

310

 

320

Business travel (in thousand t CO2e)

 

32.1

 

30.6

 

 

Global targets

In 2012, Linde emitted around 15.9 million tonnes of greenhouse gases (2011: 16.9 million tonnes) worldwide. The decrease in direct greenhouse gas emissions relative to 2011 is mainly due to a change in customer demand. With regard to climate protection measures in our business processes, we focus in particular on the areas responsible for the bulk of our CO2 emissions or where we identify an opportunity to make substantial cuts in emissions. These areas include the Group's air separation plants and product transportation.

New goal

-5% installed design energy intensity at air separation plants by 2017 (base year 2008)

New goal

+2% energy efficiency at installed HyCO plants by 2015 (base year 2009)

 
Air separation plants for the production of nitrogen, oxygen and argon are responsible for the majority of Linde's indirect CO2 emissions. By 2013, our global goal is therefore to improve the installed design energy intensity of our air separation plants per air gas produced by 3 percent relative to the reference year 2008. So far, we have achieved savings of over 1 million tonnes of CO2. In 2013, we extended this goal to a 5 percent improvement between 2008 and 2017, which has the potential to save over 2.5 million tonnes of CO2. Additionally, in 2013, we have set ourselves a new global target for our installed hydrogen (HyCO) plants, aiming for a 2 percent increase in their actual energy efficiency by 2015 compared with the 2009 level.

Alongside production, we also examine other links in the value chain for their climate protection potential – for example transport activities. We implement a wide range of measures to reduce emissions caused by the transport of our products. These include optimised routing, improved capacity planning and training courses in fuel-efficient and environmentally sound driving practices. During the year under review, our AGA subsidiary in Sweden exceeded its voluntary target of reducing CO2 emissions arising from both bulk and cylinder transport of gases by 3 percent in 2012. The focus was on modernising AGA’s transport fleet with more environmentally sound, efficient vehicles. Additionally, since 2011, we include CO2 emissions as a criterion in all tenders for transport suppliers and consider this factor in our decision-making.

Climate-friendly products

We make our greatest contribution to climate protection through our products. Across numerous industries, the Group offers gas applications and technologies that make customer production processes more environmentally sound, help renewable energy sources to become economically viable, and significantly reduce the consumption of natural resources. Linde is leading globally in the enhancement of the environmentally friendly hydrogen technology, for instance. We also calculated a CO2 balance for gases produced at our air separation plants and for some of our other main product groups. The aim is to give our customers a more transparent overview of the ecological impact of our processes and technologies.

> More on research on energy efficiency and the interdisciplinary Clean Energy Group
> More on technologies for environmental protection and energy security
> More on the European Emissions Trading System in our annual report
> More on integrating climate risks in the Enterprise Risk Management system in our annual report

Responsibility along the value chain

Highlighted: areas in the value chain connected to the topics covered on this page

UN Global Compact

Measuring sustainability