Chemours Approved for Science-Based Emissions Reduction Targets

The Science Based Target initiative has approved the company's near-term science-based GHG emissions reduction targets.

Kristen Kazarian, Managing Editor

June 11, 2024

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Chemours releases 7th edition of its Sustainability Report.
The company also released the 7th edition of its Sustainability Report.Ashley Cooper/The Image Bank via Getty Images

The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) has approved Chemours’ near-term science-based greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction targets. This includes the company’s existing goal of an absolute 60% reduction in Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions by 2030 and a new Scope 3 target to reduce emissions by 25% per ton of production by 2030.

Chemours is among a small group of chemical companies to have their near-term emissions reduction targets approved by SBTi — a global body enabling businesses to set ambitious emissions reductions targets in line with the latest climate science. The initiative is a collaboration between the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), World Resources Institute (WRI), the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), and the United Nations Global Compact, which Chemours signed in 2018. The SBTi defines and promotes best practice in science-based target setting, offers resources and guidance to reduce barriers to adoption, and independently assesses and approves companies’ targets.

"Receiving approval for our near-term science-based emissions reduction targets from the SBTi marks a critical milestone in Chemours’ sustainability journey. We are committed to making a meaningful impact in the global fight against climate change, including through our sustainable offerings and responsible manufacturing practices,” said Dr. Amber Wellman, Chemours chief sustainability officer. “Since Chemours established its Corporate Responsibility Commitment goals in 2018, we have strived for continued progress and improvement. This validation signals we are moving in the right direction, and we are proud to be a leader in our industry. Working together with our partners, we will continue to create a better world through the power of our chemistry.”

This approval follows the release of Chemours’ 2023 Sustainability Report, which details the company’s action against its Corporate Responsibility Commitment goals. This year’s 7th edition, “Partnering for Progress,” demonstrates Chemours’ significant work toward reaching its Scope 1 and 2 targets by achieving a 52% reduction from its 2018 baseline.

Chemours organizes its sustainability strategy and CRC goals around four pillars: Environmental Leadership, Innovation & Sustainable Solutions, Community Impact, and Greatest Place to Work for All. These pillars guide the daily actions and decisions of its employees, from operations and product innovation to stakeholder and community engagement.

Report highlights include:

  • Achieved a 52% reduction in operational greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions since 2018 — on track for a 60% reduction by 2030.

  • Reached a 59% reduction in total process fluorinated organic chemical (FOC) emissions to air and water since 2018 — on the way to a 99% or more reduction by 2030.

  • Met and surpassed our Sustainable Supply Chain goal, assessing the sustainability performance of 81% of suppliers by spend, with 24% demonstrating improvement in sustainability performance. Additionally, 85% of Chemours’ supplier partners scored above the average threshold of all companies rated by EcoVadis.

  • Developed a framework with the Wildlife Habitat Council to conduct a nature assessment and implement a corporate-wide, nature-based initiative in 2024.

  • Invested $3 million in the Center for Clean Hydrogen as part of the Clean Hydrogen Partnership, which will work to solve the challenges of creating low-cost clean hydrogen and efficient hydrogen energy conversion.

  • Expanded ChemFEST, the company's middle school STEM education partnership program, at five sites in the US and Belgium.

  • Earned Great Place to Work certification in 15 global regions, covering more than 92% of Chemours’ global workforce.

About the Author(s)

Kristen Kazarian

Managing Editor

Kristen Kazarian has been a writer and editor for more than three decades. She has worked at several consumer magazines and B2B publications in the fields of food and beverage, packaging, processing, women's interest, local news, health and nutrition, fashion and beauty, automotive, and computers.

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