Emissions and how we are working to reduce them to a minimum

Emissions and how we are working to reduce them to a minimum

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Greenhouse gases like methane, PFCs and CO2 contribute to global warming, ozone depletion and climate change. We have made an inventory of our Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions which strengthens our understanding of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in our value chain. This is a step towards managing emissions-related risks and opportunities and reducing value chain GHG emissions. Of all the greenhouse gases identified, COis the most important one. 

Reducing our CO2 emissions by 10% in 2020

Stahl is committed to the goals of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, and we have an internal target to reduce our COemissions by 10% by 2020. We expect to reach this goal early. This is in no small part thanks to our commitment to sourcing green energy at our European sites and investing in long-term efficiency gains at our manufacturing sites.

Direct and indirect CO2emissions (Scope 1, 2 and 3)

Our manufacturing sites emit COby burning fuels like gas, furnace oil and briquettes. Our people also travel by car and plane and our products are shipped by air, rail and road. We also emit COindirectly when we use electricity generated elsewhere that might have caused COemissions.

We calculate these different sources of COemissions in line with the GreenHouse Gas (GHG) protocol. You can find them in the table below.

Our COintensity of our scope 1 and 2 emissions –COemission per tons of product that we produce – improved again in 2018 compared the previous years. Our absolute total COemissions have grown because of acquisitions in the last years.

Stahl emissions scope infographic

2018 2017 2016 2015
Scope 1: Direct GHG emission (metric tons CO2-eq.)* 17,114 16,915 16,924 15,569
Scope 2: Electricity Indirect Emission Sources (metric tons CO2-eq.)** 7,119 8,984 18,595 17,759

Scope 3: Estimation of the other Indirect Emission Sources (CO2-eq. x 1 million)***

560-590 560-590 500-530 -
These KPI's have been audited and verified by Ernst & Young.


Our COintensity (the amount of COemission per tons of product produced) improved in 2018 compared to previous years.

2018 2017 2016 2015
CO2 emission Scope 1+2 (in tons) 24,232 25,898 35,519 33,328
Total production volume (in tons) 228,440 238,590 207,923 195,646

CO2 intensity1

0.106 0.109 0.171 0.170

1  CO2 intensity / CO2 emissions per production volume = CO2 per tons produced = CO2 scope 1 + scope 2 / production volume

GRI’s definition of Emissions

The GRI standard Emissions addresses emissions into air, which are the discharge of substances from a source into the atmosphere. The greenhouse gas emissions a major contributor to climate change.

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Emissions and how we are working to reduce them to a minimum
Michael Costello
Group Director Environment, Social & Governance