We have taken major strides forward in our efforts to become a leader in Israel and around the world in the management and reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Since 2008, our organization has measured the GHG emissions of its facilities in Israel. As of 2010, we annually perform a comprehensive review of our GHG inventory worldwide, including 57 global facilities and main offices (almost the entire span of ICL global production). In parallel, we continue to make progress in the measurement of the carbon footprint of our products, a project that now includes approximately 60 of our leading products. Our calculations are supported and reviewed by SKM-Enviros, a London-based leading consultancy in the climate change management field.
We also ask our suppliers to calculate the carbon footprint of their products which we use in our production processes.
We annually report the emissions and our efforts in the climate change field to the CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project), an independent non-profit organization driving the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. As a result of our comprehensive reporting and efforts and of the significant reduction in ICL's emissions, the CDP has awarded us the second best possible score, A-, for our 2016 report * .The 2016 score is the highest score achieved by any Israeli-based company, is among the top 25% scores of all the 2,400 global reporting companies, and is the second-best among all global fertilizer-producing companies. In 2014, ICL was also included in the CDP CPLI (Carbon Performance Leadership Index) - an exclusive list of global companies that have excelled in emission reduction and climate change mitigation. ICL is the only Israeli-based company that was included in the exclusive CPLI list so far.
In addition to reporting our GHG emissions balance to the CDP, we are one of the first Israeli companies to report our emissions to the voluntary GHG registry established by Israel’s Ministry of Environmental Protection, and are contributing from our experience to the development of the registry through constant dialogue with the ministry's representatives.
Following are the main initiatives taken so far, which have allowed ICL to achieve such significant reductions in GHG emissions:
- Converting our production plants in Israel to the use of natural gas: Natural gas offers many environmental benefits, including lower emission of greenhouse gases per unit of energy produced.
- Increasing energy efficiency: We are phasing out inefficient production technologies, streamlining our production facilities, increasing the efficiency of our consumption of heat and steam, using residual heat and reducing our consumption from lighting and air conditioning.
- Eliminating or reducing process GHG emissions: Our replacement of SF6, a protective gas used in magnesium production, with HFC134a, a gas with a significantly lower global warming potential, was the key factor in reducing the total GHG emissions at our Dead Sea Magnesium plant by approx. 75% (in CO2e terms) . We have also implemented an innovative system which has reduced our nitrous oxide emissions at the ICL Haifa (F&C) plant by 60% per ton nitric acid produced.
The combined effect of these efforts has resulted in a 40% reduction in our global GHG emissions between 2008 and 2015.
* The CDP 2016 report includes 2015 data.