Energy

Strategy

We rely on innovative technologies and the efficient use of energy in order to conserve resources and reduce greenhouse gases while remaining commercially successful. Our global energy management system provides the basis for this. We conduct internal audits to analyse the energy efficiency of our plants and processes across the globe. Potential for cost savings is exploited where technically and economically feasible. Electricity and natural gas jointly account for about 80 percent of the energy carriers Linde uses. The production of air gases in air separation plants accounts for the greatest share of the Group's electricity consumption (over 85 percent). This is why we particularly focus on improving energy efficiency and productivity and have set ourselves a global target in this area.

Energy consumption (in million MWh)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2012

 

2011

 

2010

 

2009

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1

Other energy sources include for example heating oil, biofuel energy, propane and butane. The increased consumption of other energies resulted from inclusion of additional other energy sources (e.g. naphtha and methanol) into indicator scope in 2011.

Electricity consumption

 

20.0

 

20.3

 

19.0

 

17.7

of which by air separation plants

 

17.7

 

17.9

 

16.8

 

16.0

Natural gas consumption

 

25.9

 

25.4

 

25.2

 

23.6

of which by HyCO plants

 

22.3

 

21.7

 

21.2

 

21.3

Consumption of other energy sources1

 

8.7

 

11.7

 

6.4

 

5.9

Energy consumption and efficiency

Compared with last year, energy overall consumed by Linde decreased slightly. This was attributable in particular to changes in customer demand. We identified around 190 projects during the reporting year to reduce our energy needs. These projects resulted in savings of approximately EUR 28 million and around 180,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions.

180,000tonnes of CO2 saved through energy efficiency projects

Energy efficiency measures led to savings of around USD 250,000 at one of our US sites, for instance. Linde North America won an award for this initiative in an energy management competition in 2012, giving the prize money of USD 10,000 to a charitable organisation in the region. In Shanghai, Linde received an award from local authorities for activities to cut electricity consumption during the year under review. Also during 2012, all the production plants operated by Linde Gas Germany were certified to ISO 50001. This global standard is evidence of a systematic approach to energy management with well-defined remits and aims, coupled with ongoing identification of scope for efficiency gains. 

Renewable energy

Renewable energy accounts for around 20 percent of our electricity mix, largely reflecting the national electricity mix usual at our sites. Furthermore, Linde Healthcare has been obtaining Renewable Energy Certificate System (RECS) certificates since 2009. RECS is an initiative that promotes regenerative energy sources across Europe. In 2012, 40,000 MWh of the energy we consumed was once again RECS-certified. In some countries, Linde pursues additional activities to foster renewable energy. In Sweden, for instance, the company holds a 9 percent stake in the wind power company VindIn. The aim of this long-term initiative is to generate 1 million MWh of electricity. In 2012, this project already generated around 47,000 MWh of electricity.

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