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Our Environmental Footprint 2018

DSM's annual environmental performance figures

DSM is committed to being transparent about its sustainability performance. The company has set ambitious sustainability aspirations company-wide. Our new target, announced in 2018, is a 30% absolute reduction of our scope 1 + 2 emissions by 2030 versus our 2016 baseline. This is below a 2°C pathway.

We will achieve this target through a wide-ranging number of actions across all our operations, including:

  • renewable electricity: 50% of purchased electricity to be sourced from renewables by 2025, increasing to 75% by 2030
  • energy efficiency improvement: an average year-on-year improvement of at least 1% until 2030.

DSM’s progress towards other environmental footprint reductions targets is published in the company’s Annual Report.

Key environmental indicators

The table below shows DSM’s footprint for key environmental indicators. Divestments are reported to the last full year with DSM. Acquisitions are reported at the latest in the year following the first full year after acquisition, due to the required alignment of reporting processes and systems.

  2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013
Energy and GHG            
Total Primary Energy (PJ) 20.8 23.6 22.6 20.9 39.1 41.1
% Renewable Electricity purchased 41% 21% 8%      
Total scope 1 + 2 CO2e emissions - Location based (x million tons) 1.4 1.6 1.5 1.1 4.2 4.2
Total scope 1 + 2 CO2e emissions - Market based (x million tons) 1.2 1.5 1.4      
Water            
Total Water use (x million m3) 114 114 104 101 118 150
Total Water consumption (x million m3) 22 23 22      
COD (net) (x 1,000 tons) 2.2 2.5 2.4 2.1 3.9 4.8
Waste (x 1,000 tons)            
Total Process Related Waste 191 190 198 168 169 295
Total Recycled Waste 158 162 165 120 108 212
Total Non-Recycled Waste 33 28 33 48 61 83
- Landfill Non-hazardous 18 16 18 13 18 26
- Landfill Hazardous 3 3 1 13 18 26
- Off-site Incineration without heat recovery 12 9 14 22 25 32
% Recycling 83% 85% 83% 71% 64% 72%
Emissions to Air (x 1,000 tons) and various            
VOC 4.9 6.6 8.9 3.1 4.2 4.3
NOx 0.5 0.7 0.8 0.4 1.5 1.6
SO2 0.09 0.28 0.33 0.04 0.08 0.07
Number of non-monetary sanctions 6 4 2 5 4 4
Total monetary value of fines (€ x 1,000) 24 128 28 36 63 62

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