We set aggressive environmental performance goals for greenhouse gases, energy, water, and our fleet, and we measure progress to continually improve our own operations.

WaterWe have a shared responsibility to protect the environment. This belief is reflected in our higher purpose as an industrial gas company — to produce products that improve the environment and make our customers' processes better. Our products enable our customers and their downstream users to reduce or avoid emissions of CO₂. In 2018, we enabled the avoidance of 55 million metric tons of CO₂ emissions, equivalent to the CO₂ emitted from 12 million cars and almost double our direct and indirect CO₂ emissions.

We are also committed to improving our own performance by operating efficiently, incorporating environmental considerations into the design of our facilities and products, effectively managing environmental risks, and transparently communicating our environmental performance. While our resource consumption and emissions may increase due to growing customer demands for our products, our efficiency and environmental improvements enable us to make our customers' processes and products better without proportionally expanding our environmental footprint. 

We established four environmental sustainability goals for 2020; each uses operating performance from 2015 as the baseline year: 

  • Save energy by reducing use intensity by 2.5% for ASUs, and 1.5% for HyCOs 
  • Reduce GHG emissions intensity by 2% 
  • Conserve water and lower use intensity by 5% 
  • Improve efficiency and reduce CO₂ emissions related to distribution by 10%

These goals reflect the environmental parameters of greatest importance to Air Products.