SABIC improves the energy efficiency of operations as it works towards our 2025 sustainability goals.
Improving the energy efficiency of our operations helps us meet our climate goals. In 2020, our global energy intensity, measured in gigajoules (GJ) of energy used per metric ton of product sales, was lowered to 16.34 GJ per ton from 16.52 GJ per ton in 2019.
This marks a 1.1% decrease from 2019 and a 10.5% from our 2010 baseline. Our total energy use decreased from 776 million GJ to 775 million GJ.
A number of important projects at our facilities around the world helped us improve energy efficiency:
- An optimization project at our Petrokemya site has resulted in approximately 108,000 GJ energy savings annually. It also saves approximately 40,000 m³ of water. Another production optimization project at the same site saved 2,331 GJ of energy in 2020.
- In Singapore, we successfully reduced electricity consumption by 8.5% through improvements in production rates and bigger lot sizes. At our Shanghai site in China, the team replaced 868 sets of fluorescent tubes with LED lights, saving 4,000 GJ of energy.
- An upgrade at our United plant reduced steam consumption and saved 100,000 GJ of energy annually. Optimization of the steam-to-carbon ratio in the 2-EH plant at the SABIC Agri-Nutrients Company is leading to natural gas savings and reducing overall energy intensity. And a change to the evaporator at our Sharq plant is lowering water consumption and saved 50,000 GJ of energy in 2020.