Climate Protection

New climate protection strategy in line with Brenntag’s high-level ambitions in sustainability

The topic of climate protection plays a key role in our new ESG strategy. In terms of greenhouse gas emissions generated by our own activities, we are committed to reaching a net zero target by 2045 in accordance with the Paris Agreement. A key milestone on our path to achieving this goal is our aim to reduce our Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 40% in absolute terms from 2020 to 2030 (Relative reduction, only including those sites which were already included in the base year 2020. New sites will be tracked separately). Our objective is to be climate neutral by 2025, which entails offsetting the remaining Scope 1 and 2 emissions. We are currently looking at suitable measures to reduce indirect emissions that arise along our value chain, i.e. Scope 3 emissions.

We also want to procure 100% of our electricity from renewable sources by 2025. In summer 2021, we joined the RE100 initiative to underpin our commitment and help raise awareness for this topic within the Brenntag Group. RE100 is a global initiative that brings together businesses aiming to source 100% renewable energy for electricity in the medium term.

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Carbon management program gives the organization a clear climate protection signal

In order to achieve our net zero target as cost effectively as possible, we will be launching an innovative system with an internal CO₂e price in 2022: Each Brenntag company will pay a set price for the emissions it causes. This money will then be paid into an internal climate protection fund that each company can apply for with greenhouse-gas-saving projects. As a result, the money will flow back to the companies that implement the best CO₂-saving projects. We are relying on the inventiveness of our Brenntag colleagues to propose innovative projects that best fit the local conditions. At the end of the year, the emissions will be compared with the target for the Brenntag Group. If the target is not attained, the CO₂e price will be increased for the following year. This provides stronger incentive to reduce emissions while simultaneously increasing the budget to promote projects.

Energy consumption Brenntag Group¹2021Base year: 2020²
Electricity (in MWh)142.,272139,928
thereof electricity from renewable sources, which we procure through direct supply contracts by purchasing guarantees of origin39,32821,216
thereof electricity from renewable sources we generate on-site337285
District heating (in MWh)5,2954,317
Natural gas (in MWh)272,076282,180
Diesel (in 1,000 litres)46,77748,638
Petrol (in 1,000 litres)4,5184,686
Other³ (in 1,000 litres)3,7853,850
¹The data for the reporting year do not include the following operational united: Brenntag Finished Lubricants (Thailand) Ltd. (included as of Q4/2021), Neuto Chemical Corp., the acquired caustic soda business of Suffolk Solutions BGM / MS, Brenntag Sourcing Uruguay S. A., Comelt S. p. a, Aquadepur S. r. l., Storm Chaser Intermediate Holding II Corporation, Lentz Milling Company LLC, JM Swank LL, Zhongbai Xingye Food Technology (Beijing) Co. Ltd (included as of Q4/2021), Zhongbai Food Technology (Shanghai) Co. Ltd (included as of Q4/2021).
²As part of our ongoing improvement process, the energy consumption reported for 2020 were again reviewd and adjusted.
³Gas oil, burning oil, LPG, CNG
CO₂e emissions Brenntag Group¹2021Base year: 2020²
Scope 1
Natural gas (in tonnes)49.,83351,884
Diesel (in tonnes)125,924130,016
Petrol (in tonnes)10,57110,847
Other³ (in tonnes)7,6617,780
Scope 2
Electricity (in tonnes)
Location-based47,12249,655
Market-based32,24740,795
District heating (in tonnes)1,144933
Scope 1 + 2 (in tonnes)
Location-based242,255251,116
Market-based227,380242,255
Location-based−3,5 %
Market-based−6,1 %
¹The data for the reporting year do not include the following operational united: Brenntag Finished Lubricants (Thailand) Ltd. (included as of Q4/2021), Neuto Chemical Corp., the acquired caustic soda business of Suffolk Solutions BGM / MS, Brenntag Sourcing Uruguay S. A., Comelt S. p. a, Aquadepur S. r. l., Storm Chaser Intermediate Holding II Corporation, Lentz Milling Company LLC, JM Swank LL, Zhongbai Xingye Food Technology (Beijing) Co. Ltd (included as of Q4/2021), Zhongbai Food Technology (Shanghai) Co. Ltd (included as of Q4/2021).
²As part of our ongoing improvement process, the energy consumption reported for 2020 were again reviewd and adjusted.
³Gas oil, burning oil, LPG, CNG
Scope 3 category according to Greenhouse Gas Protocol³2021 (tCOe)2020 (tCOe)¹
3.1 Purchased goods and services23,573,36022,021,336
3.3 Fuel and energy-related emissions⁴55,01549,750
3.4 Transportation and distribution (upstream)140,146 (outgoing transportation) 202,821 (incoming transportation and direct business)²140,359 (outgoing transportation) 162,579 (incoming transportation and direct business)²
3.9 Transportation and distribution (downstream)13,981 (outgoing transportation) 167,742 (incoming transportation and direct business)²14,364 (outgoing transportation) 115,502 (incoming transportation and direct business)²
¹As part of our ongoing improvement process, the greenhouse gas emissions of the categories 3.1 and 3.3 reported for 2020 were again reviewed and adjusted.
²The values given for incoming transport and direct business have not been audited by PwC.
³Information on the calculation of Scope 3 emissions was audited by PwC and is included in the Report Profile (page 65 and 66 of the Sustainability Report 2021).
⁴Not included in Scope 1 or 2.
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