Environmental indicators

Index: The index in the tables shows the progress of the specific indicators relative to the volume of production (per metric ton of output). The base for the index is the year 2008 (= 100 percent).

Production volumes

   
In thousand metric tons
  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Production volumes 7,707 6,853 7,481 7,550 7,587
Index: Change from 2008 to 2012 –2 %
Due to the improved economic situation and increasing global demand, our production volumes have been rising again since 2010.

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Energy consumption

 
In thousand megawatt hours
 20082009201020112012
Bought-in energy902758794666665
Coal178115119119112
Fuel oil158163177165140
Gas1,9471,4231,3501,2701,280
Total3,1852,4592,4402,2202,197
Index: Change from 2008 to 2012–30 %
Bought-in energy is electricity, steam and district heating that is generated outside our sites.

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Carbon dioxide emissions

 
In thousand metric tons
  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Henkel’s own carbon
dioxide emissions
486 353 341 322 317
Carbon dioxide
emissions from
bought-in energy
445 362 373 330 334
Total 931 715 714 652 651
Index: Change from 2008 to 2012 –29 %
Energy generation accounts for almost all of the carbon dioxide released as a result of Henkel activities. The given values include carbon dioxide formed during the generation of bought-in energy at non-Henkel sites.

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Emissions of volatile organic compounds

 
In metric tons
 20082009201020112012
Emissions of
volatile organic
compounds
430308367326320
Index: Change from 2008 to 2012–24 %
Since 2008, additional measures have been implemented to reduce emissions of volatile organic compounds. The rise in 2010 is due to the increase in production volume and shifts in the production portfolio.

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Water consumption and volume of wastewater

 
In thousand cubic meters
  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Water consumption 12,041 9,174 8,688 7,921 7,734
Volume of
wastewater
6,010 4,578 4,045 3,664 3,452
Index: Change
2008 to 2012
Water consumption –35 %
Volume of wastewater –42 %
Because water is lost by evaporation and water is contained in many of our products, the volume of wastewater is smaller than the volume of water consumed.

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COD emissions to wastewater

 
In metric tons
  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
COD emissions to
wastewater
9,142 7,628 7,714 6,570 5,994
Index: Change from 2008 to 2012 –33 %
Chemical oxygen demand (COD): Measure of the pollution of wastewater with organic substances.

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Emissions of heavy metals to wastewater

 
In kilograms
 20082009201020112012
Zinc482512423454322
Lead, chromium,
copper, nickel1
431450381292287
Total913962804746609
Index: Change from 2008 to 2012–32 %
Since 2010, we have been implementing additional measures to reduce the heavy metal emissions to wastewater. The rise in the years 2008 and 2009 is primarily due to the acquisition of the National Starch businesses in 2008.
1
Particularly hazardous heavy metals, such as mercury and cadmium, are not relevant in our production.

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Waste for recycling and disposal

 
In thousand metric tons
 20082009201020112012
Waste for recycling103107918979
Hazardous waste
for disposal
2011161515
Waste for disposal5147484144
Total174165155145138
Index: Change from 2008 to 2012–19 %
“Hazardous waste for disposal” includes all kinds of waste that are classified as hazardous under the laws of the respective countries and the hazardous wastes listed in the Basel Convention of 1989.

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Dust emissions

  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
In metric tons 430 347 318 305 298
Index: Change from 2008 to 2012 –30 %
The values include aerosols, as they are difficult to distinguish from dust with the available measuring technology.

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Sulfur dioxide emissions

  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
In metric tons 298 153 179 170 170
Index: Change from 2008 to 2012 –42 %
The sulfur dioxide emissions are falling due to changes in the fuel mix at certain sites as well as site closures.

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Nitric oxide emissions

  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
In metric tons 652 372 410 400 393
Index: Change from 2008 to 2012 –39 %
*
Calculated as nitrogen dioxide.

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Consumption of chlorinated hydrocarbons

  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
In metric tons 4.016 3.598 3.098 1.566 1.524
Index: Change from 2008 to 2012 –61 %
Methylene chloride, which is used in paint strippers in Great Britain and in the USA, accounts for most of Henkel’s consumption of chlorinated hydrocarbons.

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Last updated: March 6, 2013