Climate neutral operations

Our carbon footprint and the way forward

A climate roadmap that aims at decoupling earnings from climate impact emissions is underway and will be presented in 2019. The climate roadmap will guide the strategy and business planning and will cover: 

  • mapping CO2 emissions in upstream scope 3
  • efficient sourcing of raw materials and transports
  • supply of fuels and energy
  • internal energy efficiency

CO2 emissions, scope 1

Our largest source of direct carbon emissions is from our use of fossil process coals and fuels in production. In 2018, our direct (scope 1) emissions total was 270,840 tonnes. Natural gas stands for 96 percent of our CO2 emissions from fuels. The rest is from LPG, diesel and petrol. The emissions from fuels are calculated based on default emission factors from the EU-ETS framework and emissions from raw materials in production processes are calculated based on carbon content and mass balance where the remaining carbon content in outgoing materials such as waste, side-streams and products is deducted from the carbon content in incoming materials.

Direct carbon emissions, Scope 1 tonnes
Emissions from fuels as CO2e 89,430
Carbon in raw materials as CO2e 196,150
Carbon in waste as CO2e –12,860
Carbon in side-stream materials as CO2e –1,750
Carbon in products as CO2e –130
Total 270,840


Our indirect emissions (scope 2) are from purchased electricity. Where available, the indirect emissions are calculated on location-based emission factors provided locally by owners of distribution nets or energy suppliers. As a comparison, we have also used a market-based calculation based on national residual grid mix factors. 

The individual companies within Höganäs are free to choose electricity with a higher percentage of renewable sources. In 2018, we avoided 14,980 tonnes CO2 emissions by actively choosing electricity from renewable sources.

CO2 emissions from purchased electricity, tonnes
Year Market based calculation Location based calculation
2018 124,360 109,380

Sources: IEA reported emission factors for residual mix electricity production, except for: Pennsylvania and New Yourk State. “EPA Center for Corporate Climate Leadership regional data. Brazil “Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communication (MCTIC) and Belgium “Accord de Branche -CO2 mapping”.