Rises in global temperatures are a problem we need to tackle as an international community. At AB Enzymes, we’re interrogating our processes to improve resource efficiencies and reduce our use of materials. Climate change will directly and significantly impact our operations and the wider world without action. We need reliable access to water, a resilient supply chain of raw materials, and predictable weather patterns to protect our economic success.
Respecting the environment
Our enzymes are a significant driver for widespread positive change because they allow our customers to manufacture products more resource-efficiently and create better products for the world than without them. However, we don’t ignore the environmental impact of their creation. To help guide us, we're committed to our six Environmental Essentials. It's a set of pledges that not only ensure we comply with laws and regulations but proactively look for ways to improve and reverse potential damage. We’re doing this through technological advances, collaboration and training.
It’s widely understood that greenhouse gases (GHG), such as carbon dioxide, are causing damage to the world. We have a part to play in the global movement to drive down emissions. We're ambitious in the reductions we want to achieve and are working on product and operational footprints to identify where we need to focus on activity to drive down GHG emissions.
To align with SDG 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production) and SDG 13 (Climate Action), we have analysed our products’ carbon footprints and highlighted how using these products can reduce energy use and lower the generation of emissions.
To understand our carbon impact, we asked ClimatePartner to interrogate our data and measure the emissions generated from our operations and the activities across our value chain, including several of our products. They evaluated our emissions along our entire supply chain in alignment with the GHG Protocol. This assessment included the process from sourcing raw materials to the final disposal by the customer, known as scope 3 and our direct scopes 1 and 2 emissions.
Between 2020 and 2021, AB Enzymes was responsible for approximately 53,000 tonnes of CO2e across our scopes 1, 2 and 3. Scope 3 equates to 81% of our total footprint of which 57% of emissions are related to our raw materials and 20% from logistics.
The remaining 19% are from scope 1 and scope 2 emissions. 16% of these are from purchased energy (scope 2) and the remaining from on-site process emissions (scope 1). Now that we have our operational carbon footprint, we are targeting our work to reduce emissions where we can have the most significant impact.
We’ve identified geographical and operational areas to best focus efforts to reduce emissions. We already know that just over 80% of the emissions within our carbon footprint are indirect scope 3 emissions from our value chain. The majority of these are emissions generated from the purchase of raw materials.
We are implementing emission reduction activities across our footprint with an approach of avoiding, reducing and only then compensating for our emissions.