Carbon footprint and carbon disclosure
Kemira established a global process for quantification of the product carbon footprint, and had the first pilot calculations made in 2011. The product carbon footprint value was defined for eight products in 2011 and for 36 products in 2012. The results have been reviewed with respective businesses and manufacturing sites to understand the sources of carbon emissions of the calculated products. In most cases, the raw material mix plays a significant role, while in some cases the energy consumed in Kemira’s own production is the most significant contributor of carbon emissions.
In 2013 Kemira will continue with product carbon footprint quantifications upon business request, and take into account the carbon footprint considerations in the New Product Development Process.
Kemira closely follows the environmental management standardization work by participating in the Environmental Management Technical Committee of The Finnish Standards Association (SFS), which is contributing for example to the development of an International Standard ISO 14067, Carbon Footprint of Products. Kemira is also investigating the applicability of different water footprint methodologies in more detail.
In 2012, Kemira put an emphasis on disclosing energy efficiency and climate change related data on a much more detailed level. As a result, both Kemira’s disclosure and performance score in the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) saw a substantial improvement.
Furthermore, Kemira has taken several measures for limiting the indirect climate change impact, especially related to business related travel, and leased and purchased assets: Kemira favors virtual communication tools and has a travel policy in place to minimize traveling as well as a purchasing policy in place for energy-efficient Maintenance, Repair and Operations (MRO).