How companies are reducing their Scope 3 emissions with Dyneema®

 A LinkedIn article previously published by Keith Rowsey, Sustainability Manager

April 22nd is Earth Day, and it’s a timely reminder to consider our impact on the environment and what we can do to reduce it..

The theme for Earth Day 2022, Invest in our Planet, fits in with the work we’re doing at Avient Protective Materials (APM) to drive sustainability across four key pillars – material innovation, customer collaboration, resources and circularity, and operational responsibility.

We also focus on reducing our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across Scopes 1, 2, and 3, as defined by the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, and helping our customers do the same. Scope 1 emissions relate to the GHG emissions that are generated directly, for example via company vehicles and facilities. Scope 2 emissions are those produced indirectly, namely by consuming utilities such as electricity and gas for e.g. heating or cooling.

At APM, we are using 100% renewable electricity at our Heerlen, Netherlands and Greenville, USA sites and have also implemented various energy-efficiency measures which has resulted in a reduction of our Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions by more than 50% compared with the 2016 baseline,

Scope 3 – seeking a positive impact across the value chain 

As is the case in most organizations, the largest opportunities to reduce our GHG footprint relates to the indirect value chain emissions (Scope 3). These emissions relate to both upstream activities (buying products and raw materials from suppliers) as well as downstream activities (the emissions that result from products in-use and at end-of-life).

We apply a collaborative approach together with our suppliers to understand their existing reduction ambitions and efforts. This typically involves the exchange of life cycle assessment data to establish the specific situation of a supplier as well as the various improvement/reduction opportunities.

As well as working with our customers and suppliers to reduce our own environmental footprint, we also collaborate with our partners and customers to enable further emissions reductions downstream. Here are three key ways Dyneema® can have a positive impact on GHG emissions downstream the value chain:

1. Reducing consumption

With its high strength, Dyneema® can help customers minimize the quantity of material used in their applications, reducing the consumption of virgin materials and the energy consumed in producing these inputs. Using less material also reduces the weight of the end-use product, which can help lower energy consumption and emissions during use. A prime example of this is the use of Amsafe Bridport’s lightweight pallet nets made with Dyneema®  as an air cargo restraint. Up to 2.5 metric tons of CO2 emissions can be reduced per net onboard per year when switching from polyester air cargo pallet nets to the  nets made with Dyneema®, which are 50% lighter..

2. Improving durability and product lifetimes

Dyneema® lasts longer than most other HMPE and synthetic fibers, which again helps companies to reduce raw material consumption and their resulting Scope 3 emissions. On top of this, APM’s experts work with customers to help them design their applications to ensure the maximum possible product lifetime. In the case of the air cargo net example above, the lifetime of the nets made with Dyneema® were extended to 5 years compared to the ~2-3 year lifetime of the corresponding polyester netting..

3. Minimizing the footprint of the raw material

The steps we’re taking to reduce the environmental footprint of our raw materials, such as using renewable electricity and renewable feedstocks to produce Dyneema®, have a trickle-down effect on our customers’ own Scope 3 footprints. For example, in 2020, we introduced bio-based Dyneema® fiber, which utilizes the ISCC certified mass balance approach  

The use of the bio-based feedstock  enables a carbon footprint reduction of ~60% per metric ton of fiber. And since bio-based Dyneema® still delivers the same consistent durability and performance the market has come to expect, it provides customers with a simple solution to reduce a portion of their Scope 3 emissions as well.

By continuing to innovate, develop and enhance our products and processes, we can continue reducing our emissions, while also helping our customers and value chain partners take steps to reduce their environmental impact as well. There is no time to waste.

Are you interested in learning more about APM’s sustainability initiatives? If so, please contact me directly:

Keith Rowsey
Sustainability Manager at DSM
Keith.Rowsey@dsm.com

Published on

22 April 2022

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