Climate protection is firmly embedded in our corporate purpose, “We create chemistry for a sustainable future,” and is a cornerstone of our strategy. We are committed to the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement and our innovative climate protection products (e.g. battery materials for electromobility) play a role here.
We are also continually working to reduce our own carbon emissions. Until 2030, we want to continue to grow our production without adding further CO2eq emissions. Global activities to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions over the long term are bundled in our Carbon Management. This includes increasing efficiency, purchasing electricity from renewable sources, and developing completely new low-emission technologies.
To further accelerate emission reduction, we support collaboration via the World Economic Forum’s Low-Carbon Emitting Technologies initiative, which is part of the Mission Possible Platform.
One key element of our Carbon Management is a dedicated R&D Program, which focuses on production processes for base chemicals. These are responsible for 70% of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of the chemical industry. By electrification and new processes, they could be produced almost GHG emission free.
Deploying these new technologies could start around 2030. Currently, we are building a test facility at the Ludwigshafen site for producing hydrogen in a CO2 free process – methane pyrolysis. In this project, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), a new process technology is developed to split methane directly into its components of hydrogen and solid carbon.
Other elements of the Carbon Management R&D Program include the first electric heating concept for steam crackers and a CO2-free synthesis pathway for olefins by an innovative catalyst system.