Our operational carbon footprint

We estimate our operational carbon footprint for 2012 at about 1.4 million metric tons.

Henkel measures the direct and indirect carbon dioxide emissions of its major production sites which account for more than 99 percent of the global production volume. Our reporting includes our own carbon dioxide emissions released as a result of Henkel activities (Scope 1), as well as carbon dioxide emissions formed during the generation of bought-in energy at non-Henkel sites (Scope 2). Transmission losses and carbon dioxide emissions generated upstream (e.g. exploration, transport) are not included.

Henkel's own carbon dioxide emissions are primarily caused by energy generation and consumption. Other carbon emission sources are not relevant for our business operations. The same applies to emissions of other greenhouse gases. They account for less than one percent of the Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions. The emission factors are country specific and derived from established lifecycle assessment databases.

In order to record the emissions associated with the transport (Scope 3) of our products or with business trips, we are continuing to invest in the development of appropriate data collection systems. These are being improved year by year. They determine the global transport volume (in ton-kilometers) per transport mode. With the help of emission factors, we then use these figures to calculate our transport emissions.

Scope 3 emissions, especially those associated with raw materials and product use, are calculated at the product level.

Overall picture: Our operational carbon footprint in 2012

Graph perational carbon footprint in 2012
Henkel’s own carbon dioxide emissions are primarily caused by energy generation and consump-tion. Other carbon emission sources are not relevant for our business operations. The same applies to emissions of other greenhouse gases. They account for less than one percent of the Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions. Scope 3 emissions, especially those associated with raw materials and product use, are calculated at the product level.

“Factor 3”: Intensifying data collection

The establishment of measuring systems along our entire value chain will be a major focus of our activities in the coming years – also with a view to achieving transparency in documenting our progress toward reaching our "Factor 3" goal. To accomplish this, we collaborate intensively with our partners, especially with suppliers, toll and contract manufacturers, and our customers.

Last updated: March 6, 2013