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Home > Reports > Sustainability Report 2019 > Collaboration > Reducing our carbon footprint

SABIC is committed to reducing our carbon footprint. Since 2018, we have used our Supply Chain Carbon Footprint Model to trace emission details down to individual-shipment levels.

From 2013, SABIC has participated in the Carbon Disclosure Program (CDP). This year, we took the extra step of becoming one of 125 members of the CDP Supply Chain Platform, giving us better supply chain visibility.

In the first year of supplier outreach, we received a response rate of 33 percent and learned much about overall trends in carbon reduction. We are determined to improve supplier response.

GASCHEM BELUGA and GASCHEM ORCA

Now in their third year of operation, our next-generation, duel-fuel vessels GasChem Beluga and GasChem Orca, continued to perform.

This year, both vessels used of ethane fuel for 85 percent of their sail. Their design maximizes capacity and reduces fuel consumption, resulting in a total emission reduction of 20,800 tCO2eq.

CORAL STAR AND CORAL STICHO

Coral Star and Coral Sticho, two vessels that carry ethylene between European ports, run on liquefied natural gas as well as conventional fuel. This year, the two vessels saved 2,497 tCO2eq of emissions.

NCC FAJR

SABIC’s NCC Fajr is the world’s largest-capacity chemical tanker. This year, it completed seven voyages with an average distance of 11,310 km, achieving a greenhouse-gas intensity of 5.09 g CO2eq/t-km, a 13 percent improvement.

REDUCING EMISSIONS IN ASIA THROUGH RE-PALLETIZATION

SABIC revised its approach to providing feedstock to Asia to reduce carbon emissions. Initially, European plants sent feedstock directly. By sending bulk shipments from Europe to China to be re-palletized and shipped to the Asian compounders, we saved 690 tons of carbon dioxide emissions. In addition, we began using electric vehicles to deliver raw materials.

Case Study 1: OPERATION CLEAN SWEEP

The Value of Operation Clean Sweep®

More than 25 years ago, the Plastics Industry Association and the American Chemical Council launched Operation Clean Sweep to encourage industry-wide efforts to keep plastics from the world’s streams, rivers, and oceans.

This year, we formally added the initiative to our SQAS assessments, requiring that all logistics services providers meet the criteria. The requirements include training programs, zero pellet loss, and behavior change. Broader application will be launched in 2020.

CASE STUDY 2: ECOVADIS RATING

EcoVadis, one of the world’s most trusted providers of ratings, ranks firms on sustainability and corporate social responsibility.

Our rating has progressively increased from 62 out of 100 points in 2016, to 68 in 2018, to 75 in 2019, which places SABIC in the top 1 percent of our industrial category, recognizing our commitment.

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