Covestro publishes climate neutrality targets for scope 3 emissions

Covestro publishes climate neutrality targets for scope 3 emissions

Reduction of 10 million metric tons of greenhouse gases produced in upstream and downstream supply chains (scope 3) by 2035, climate neutrality for scope 3 by 2050

  • By ICN Bureau | March 11, 2024

Covestro has published its climate neutrality targets for scope 3 emissions, completing its climate strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. As a short-term goal, the company plans to reduce greenhouse gases by 10 million metric tons by 2035. This corresponds to a drop in emissions of 30 percent compared to the base year 2021, with some growth-related emissions through 2035 included in the calculation. In the long-term, Covestro plans to be climate-neutral in terms of scope 3 emissions by 2050.

Covestro previously published ambitious targets for scope 1 and scope 2 emissions in 2022, which included achieving operational climate neutrality by 2035. Scope 1 emissions come from Covestro's own production processes, while scope 2 emissions result from purchased energy sources. Scope 3 emissions include all other greenhouse gases produced in the upstream and downstream supply chains. These make up around 80 percent of the company's total greenhouse gas emissions. Raw materials purchased by Covestro are responsible for the greatest share of scope 3 emissions.

Reducing scope 3 emissions will require a transformation of the entire supply chain. A variety of factors influence one another – including the availability of alternative raw materials, renewable energies, technological advancements and new processes, as well as market transformations – and play a key role in this process. To achieve net zero emissions, Covestro expects to make targeted investments amounting to several hundred million euros over the next 10 years.

“Our Scope 3 targets are both ambitious and realistic supported with a concrete implementation plan. This is an essential building block of our climate strategy. Completing our climate neutrality targets is another major milestone in aligning all of our activities with our vision of becoming fully circular. In this way, we are demonstrating once again that we take a leading role in transforming the chemical industry” says Dr. Markus Steilemann, CEO of Covestro.

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