Greenhouse gas emissions
Greenhouse gas emissions from companies are usually divided into three perimeters, called "scopes", depending on the origin of the emissions.
Scope 1 includes direct emissions generated by all possible emission sources owned or controlled by Air Liquide. This scope includes:
- Group’s production units
- Transport of products to customers or patients
- Scope 2 corresponds to all indirect emissions related to the production of electricity or steam purchased outside the Group in the various countries where it operates. These emissions therefore have a close link with the carbon content of the electricity of countries where Air Liquide operates.
- Scope 3 corresponds to other indirect emissions such as those generated by transportation, the product life cycle, goods and services, and energy. Air Liquide has launched a more accurate and complete analysis of its Scope 3 emissions in accordance with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol. This analysis in progress aims to quantify the various categories within Scope 3 and to determine which are the most significant for the Group’s activity.
Group electricity procurement
It is the percentage of electricity consumed by the Group which is low-carbon or renewable.
The role of energy procurement is essential for Air Liquide, in particular for its impact on the Group’s indirect greenhouse gas emissions (Scope 2). The Group’s energy procurement policy favors the purchase of electricity from suppliers who have made the choice to produce low-carbon solutions.
The Group's water consumption comes from the loss of water by evaporation in the cooling process of rotating machines, particularly for the production of air gases, or its use as a raw material for products such as hydrogen.
For several years, Air Liquide has set up a working group to improve data collection and better guide water management on its production sites to reduce water consumption, particularly in water-stressed areas
Water risk management
Air Liquide carried out a risk assessment on the water management risks of its sites following the publication in August 2019 of the new “Aqueduc 3.0 Water Risk Atlas” map from the World Resource Institute (WRI). According to this study, 1% of the Group’s sites are located in areas that will be considered arid zones in 2030.
To carry out this assessment, the Group used the “business as usual” scenario (SSP2 RCP8.5 of the IPCC) which corresponds to stable economic development and a constant increase in global carbon emissions.
Water treatment solutions at customers’ sites
Air Liquide has been a benchmark in water treatment for 35 years, providing its customers with efficient and easy to implement solutions to face environmental challenges. The Group keeps on supporting its clients to meet more stringent regulations, fight water stress and scarcity with cost effective solutions.