Energy and Emissions Indicators

Energy consumption and indirect greenhouse gas emissions decreased across our operations in 2016. However, direct greenhouse gas emissions increased as a direct result of changes to our estimation and calculation methodology for greenhouse gas emissions for our largest facility, the Big Sandy plant in Catlettsburg, KY. Our methodology was revised based on site specific data obtained during the Title V permit renewal process, which includes a safety factor to account for potential fluctuations that may occur from variations in processing conditions. When energy data is normalized to activated and reactivated carbon production, since 2013, we have reduced our energy consumption by more than 9%.

Our most notable achievement in regards to our air emissions is our continued decrease in particulate emissions, which is a result of our continuous improvements in our dust handling systems and efforts to improve our carbon fines capture at the facilities. However, our reported NOx emissions have significantly increased as a direct result of revising the NOx emissions factors for our largest facility, the Big Sandy plant in Catlettsburg, KY. The NOx emissions factors were revised based on conservative assumptions necessary to estimate the worst case potential emissions from all products produced at the facility during the Title V permit renewal process.

GRI Indicators EN3, EN5, EN15, EN16, EN18 & EN21

Indicator

2016

2015

2014

2013

EN 3

Total Energy Consumption

2,828,171 GJ

3,024,036 GJ

2,955,905 GJ

2,817,748 GJ

EN 5

Energy Intensity

5.50 GJ/$1,0001

5.62 GJ/$1,000 1

5.32 GJ/$1,000 1

5.14 GJ/$1,000 1

EN 15

Direct GHG Emissions 
(Scope 1)

710,737.9 Metric Tons

656,027.3 Metric Tons

602,378.4 Metric Tons

593,364.7 Metric Tons

EN 16

Indirect GHG Emissions 
(Scope 2)

60,417 Metric Tons

63,322 Metric Tons

63,200 Metric Tons

59,332 Metric Tons

EN 18

GHG Intensity

 1.50 Metric Tons/$1,0001

1.34 Metric Tons/$10001

1.2 Metric Tons/$10001

1.2 Metric Tons/$10001

EN 21

Air Emissions

 

 

 

 

 

NOx
SOx
POPs
VOCs
HAPs
PMs
Others

 351
195
0
23
1.6
341
62.92

 

151
193
0
16
<1
357
33.12, 3, 4

95
188
0
8
<1
371
24.6

131
180
0
23
<1
382
17

1 Intensity calculated per $1,000 of net sales.
2 1.1 metric tons HF from Big Sandy and Feluy facilities.
3 1 metric ton HCl from Feluy and Durham facilities.
4 31 metric tons of CO from Neville Island, Pearl River, and Feluy facilities