Sustainability

Improve, grow and engage

Chemistry is essential for thousands of products we use every day, and we believe that good chemistry is key to a sustainable future. That is why Nouryon, and its subsidiary company Nobian, follow a sustainability approach based on three pillars: further improving our environmental footprint and safety performance; growing sales of our portfolio of sustainable solutions; and continuing to engage with our people and society to drive progress together.

Learn more about Nouryon’s sustainability approach

Reducing our emissions

As a subsidiary of Nouryon, we are committed to reducing carbon emissions from our operations and energy use by 25 percent between 2020 and 2025, and to increase our share of low-carbon and renewable energy to more than 60 percent by 2025. 

As an energy-intensive business, Nobian plays a key role in reducing Nouryon’s overall CO2 emissions. In 2019, the increased use of sustainable steam at our factories in Delfzijl and Hengelo in the Netherlands led to CO2 savings of 150,000 tons per year. In 2020, we partnered with three companies to support the development of a new wind park in Finland, which will help to reduce over 330 Gwh of renewable energy -- equivalent to the electricity consumption of 40,000 households. The unique consortium is in direct support of the UN Paris Agreement and the European Green Deal objectives.

Enabling the transition

In addition to reducing our own emissions, Nobian takes a leading role in supporting the transition to a more sustainable economy by helping to balance our energy system and by supporting new forms of circular chemistry.    

Using an automated algorithm called ‘e-flex’, we automatically adjust production in our energy-intensive electrolysis facilities to be in line with changes in electricity supplies. This not only cuts costs, but also helps energy providers to balance large swings in supply from renewable sources such as wind power. We also support the use of our salt caverns to safely store hydrogen or other forms of energy, which will play a key role in providing a stable supply of renewable energy.  

Nobian also works with a wide range of partners to accelerate the development of new forms of circular chemistry. Some examples include our participation in Carbon2Chem, to make methanol from CO2 and other off-gases from steel production, and support for the Photanol project to make new chemicals from CO2 and sunlight. Nobian is also involved in several projects to produce green hydrogen, which can be used to make renewable methanol, sustainable aviation fuel or to decarbonize industrial processes such as steel production.