We conducted our first corporate cradle-to-gate environmental footprint in 2010, with an update in 2014 and an entirely new assessment completed in 2020. With each iteration of our evaluation, we have been able to make a more comprehensive and inclusive assessment of our footprint. This most recent assessment utilized 2018 data and included an increase of 24 sites (9 LZA and 15 LZAM) from the count included in the 2014 update. These additional sites represent a broad expansion in our product and manufacturing portfolio and associated raw materials. Our 2020 assessment demonstrates an absolute cradle-to-gate carbon footprint of 4.9M MT CO2 equivalents.
Consistent with previous footprint assessments, the most significant contributor to the footprint was raw materials (74%), followed by site energy usage and emissions (22%) and transportation (4%). We also found that certain raw materials and a few large manufacturing sites are the key drivers for the overall footprint. With this information, we can seek opportunities to address our impact.
2020 will mark the final year of rating our performance against the environmental goals we set for ourselves in 2013. We remain committed to reporting on our performance annually (refer to the Global Sustainability Scorecard on our website), and to developing updated, more impactful metrics and goals that break out Scope 1,2, and 3 emissions in the near future.
Congratulations to our Louisville, Kentucky and Franklin, Wisconsin facilities for earning 2020 Responsible Care® Awards. These awards highlight the commitment to continuous improvement in environmental management and to Responsible Care that these facilities demonstrate routinely.
* These awards were announced at the virtual 2020 Responsible Care & Sustainability Conference, hosted by the American Chemistry Council (ACC), to recognize chemical industry leaders for their exceptional environmental, health, safety and security (EHS&S) performance and commitment to sustainability and sound chemicals management.
reduction in vehicle emissions by 2040
reduction in global greenhouse gas emissions, energy use, waste generation and landfill waste
Energy efficient home care
Recapturing energy for heat
Cleaner burning natural gas for heat or transportation
Efficient consumption: LED lighting, solar panels, energy-efficient equipment