Environmental Data

ENERGY

Our drive to continuously improve our environmental performance includes a relentless focus on monitoring and reducing emissions to air, optimising resource, energy and water usage, and improving waste disposal practices.

As an energy-intensive industrial company, energy-related emissions account for the majority of our operational GHG footprint and energy efficiency is critical to our competitiveness. Striving for continuous improvement of our site operations worldwide makes good business sense, not only to reduce costs but to increase INEOS' resource efficiency and drive our emission reduction strategy.

Final energy consumption [PJ/a]   2021 2020 2019
Total energy consumption   345.5 336.7 351.2
Total fuel consumption   278.5 272.5 285.5
  Non-renewable fuels 278.3 272.1 285.2
  Renewable fuels 0.2 0.4 0.3
Total electricity consumption   41.2 38.2 39.5
  Non-renewable electricity 41.2 44.2 40.2
  Renewable electricity 5.7 3.2 8.0
  Exported electricity 5.6 9.2 8.8
Total heat consumption   25.7 25.8 26.2
  Non-renewable heat 38.3 38.1 38.4
  Renewable heat 1.0 0.7 1.1
  Exported heat 13.5 13.0 13.2
Total other utilities   0.1 0.1 0.0
  Non-renewable other utilities 0.1 0.1 0.0
  Renewable other utilities 0.0 0.0 0.0
  Exported other utilities 0.0 0.0 0.0

WATER

We closely monitor data from all INEOS manufacturing sites to manage our water balance and optimise our water strategy. The water consumption per site is calculated as the difference between withdrawal and discharge. The balance is shared with each INEOS business for appropriate water planning and actions.

Water withdrawal and discharge [Mm3/a]   2021 2020
Water withdrawal   1110 1089
  Surface water 312 364
  Sea water 530 512
  Ground water 48 52
  3rd party water 213 154
  Produced water 7 7
Water discharge   1021 1003
  Surface water 342 336
  Sea 622 608
  Ground water 7 8
  3rd party 50 51
Consumption   89 86

 

WASTE

To be transparent and aligned with international reporting standards, we monitor various waste categories and aim to set targets for wider product groups. We strive to minimise the waste we produce, and where possible to reuse or recycle waste to the maximum extent possible. We only send waste for incineration (with or without energy recovery), landfilling or other disposal route as a last resort.

Waste generation [kt/a]   2021 2020
Total Waste   824 851
Non-hazardous waste   555 555
  Recycling 94 99
  Reuse 34 10
  Energy recovery 21 15
  Incineration 34 41
  Landfill 350 372
  Other 22 18
Hazardous waste   269 296
  Recycling 56 55
  Reuse 1 1
  Energy recovery 164 184
  Incineration 19 21
  Landfill 12 16
  Other 17 19

 

OTHER AIR EMISSIONS

Chemical processes release air emissions, other than greenhouse gasses, including mainly combustion gasses such as NOx and SOx. As part of our pollution management system, we monitor our air emissions at each site and globally report NOx, SOx, CO, VOC and dust emissions. This does not only enable us to make sure that we remain well below the limits determined by local authorities but also helps us identify measures to reduce our impact.

Air emissions [kt/a] 2021 2020a 2019
NOx 9.5 19.0 11.2
SOx 2.4 1.9 3.4
CO 55.1 44.8 47.2
VOC 13.5 40.7 15.2
dust 0.7 4.8 0.8

Footnote:

a In Germany non-GHG air emissions are reported to local authorities every 4 years. The drastic increase in emissions in 2020 was due to some of our sites following the reporting frequency of German regulations rather than reporting on annual basis.