Planet – GHG emissions

Stabilising greenhouse gas emissions while increasing production  

Sources: Responsible Care data 1990-1995, EPRTR 2001-2015 (CO2, N2O), Econotec-VITO data 2001-2015 (HFC, PFC), DG Statistics

Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are a major contributor to climate change. They include not only carbon dioxide (CO2), but also methane, nitrous oxide (N2O), hydrofluorocarbons (HFC), perfluorocarbons (PFC), sulphur hexafluoride, and nitrogen trifluoride.

The main GHGs emitted by the chemicals, plastics and life sciences industries are CO2, N2O, PFCs and HFCs. Indirect CO2 emissions related to the use of electricity are not included in these statistics, as they are traditionally attributed to the electricity sector.

GHG emissions per weighted production volume have decreased by 82% since 1990, a result of (among other things) significant investments in abatement measures for N2O emissions and the substitution of fluorinated gases. Further emission reductions have been achieved by continuous improvements in energy efficiency and switching from liquid fuel to natural gas.

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