By doing so, the traditionally "gray", fossil fuel-based hydrogen used by our site will be replaced by "green", renewable hydrogen. Ultimately, the project’s goal is to initiate the supply of hexamethylene diamine production (a key component in plastic production) with low carbon hydrogen by 2027, aiming at reaching 100% low carbon hydrogen production by 2030.
DOMO has reported the information cited in this GRI content index for the period January – December 2022 in accordance with the GRI Standards.
In 2022, 12% of our energy usage originated from green sources, three times higher than the 4% green energy usage we achieved in 2021. We also switched to additional green energy contracts in 2022. Our ambition remains to draw upon these efforts and ultimately increase this percentage to 50% by 2030, and 100% by 2040, as a key driver towards our overarching objective to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.
Next to renewable purchases, our operations are gaining maturity in the energy efficiency domain, with:
- The implementation of ISO 50001 certification across 45% of our operational sites, allowing us to operate with a sound energy management strategy. By 2026, we aim to have all European sites certified.
- Continuous investment in technologies to optimize production processes and improve heat management.
- The implementation of waste heat systems, enabling the recovery of heat into fuel.
- A plan to implement a waste incinerator for steam/electricity production, which is expected to save us 35Kt of CO2eq per year by 2027 and would, at the same time, reduce our exposure to natural gas.
2022 data reveal encouraging signs that our decarbonization efforts have been fruitful in 2022. We reduced our total scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions by 27% compared to our 2019 baseline, showing promising progress towards our target of a 40% reduction by 2030.
Next to these efforts, we continued to adopt a decarbonization mindset in our day-to-day operations. As part of our climate change policy, we further promoted measures such as green commuting, electric and hybrid transportation, energy efficient infrastructure and workforce training on energy and greenhouse gas emissions.
Driven by projects at our most water intensive site, Belle-Étoile, we calculated this target based on the potential of scaling and replicating these water-saving initiatives across our other sites over the coming years.
As a polyamide manufacturer, our processes rely on water as a key input for production. It is only natural that our 2030 agenda identifies water efficiency as a strategic objective and priority: by then, we aim to reduce our water consumption by 25% against our 2019 baseline.
All of our sites report on water consumption, which allows us to closely monitor our yearly progress. Since 2019, we have been able to reduce our consumption by 4.6%.
We are not only committed to reducing our water consumption but also to remain responsible for our discharge of water. As wastewater quality can heavily impact ecosystems and local habitats, it is our responsibility to act to preserve the landscapes that surround our operations. To do so, we operate in accordance with rigorous wastewater regulations to determine the quality and toxicity of our effluents on a site-by-site basis. If deemed potentially harmful to the environment, we take the necessary steps to prevent environmental consequences.
For instance, our Blanes facility in Spain operates with its own wastewater treatment plant, built over a decade ago to manage physical and biological treatment. For our other facilities, we work closely with third-party treatment providers, who take ownership of the treatment process
We have always been committed to minimizing waste and maximizing the reuse of operational and industrial waste, with raw materials and suppliers predominantly selected on this basis. In purchasing, we seek to ensure appropriate packaging and fully recyclable transport equipment.
New plants are designed to be as close as possible to zero waste, with the ability of reuse, recycling and disposal always ensured. In addition, we optimize raw materials consumption and waste management according to circular economy principles to ensure maximum recovery of waste that can be recycled or incinerated. We have committed to reducing our industrial waste generation by 7% by 2030.
Internally, we have set in place multiple measures to ensure waste efficiency processes. For instance, in 2022, we started to digitalize our operations with the Shift application, which should enable us to significantly reduce our paper consumption.
This productivity enhancement was implemented at our Leuna facility and will be rolled out across all European locations as part of our strategic roadmap. We also promote waste-conscious behavior through employee environmental awareness training across our locations, and pay close attention to proper disposal of our materials, according to different waste streams.