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Sustainability

Borealis' sustainability ambition is to build a prosperous and sustainable future for all. This commitment is anchored in our Borealis Group Strategy 2030 which has sustainability at its core and set ambitious targets in the areas climate change, circular economy and health and safety.

It is imperative that future generations find living conditions on this planet that enable them to live a healthy, secure and prosperous life. A responsible use of our planetary resources and a transition away from a linear to a circular business practice are necessities.

We strive to continuously improve and reduce our CO₂ footprint to become a net zero company by 2050 at the latest and to develop products that contribute to a sustainable living.

Sustainability Is at the Heart of Everything We Do

We are serious about our commitment to sustainable business practices and supporting the transition to a circular economy. To add substance to ambition, our sustainability strategy is based upon a materiality analysis, which is repeated in regular intervals and where we critically engage with the environmental and societal challenges of our time, the impact our products have on the planet and what stakeholders hold us accountable for.

Through this exercise Circular Economy, Energy & Climate and Health & Safety emerged as our Sustainability focus areas – under which our biggest impacts can be subsumed, but which also provide us with the most impactful opportunities to drive positive change and ambitious targets, keeping in mind the Sustainable Development Goals as methodological backdrop.

The Borealis Sustainability Goals

Our planet has no more time to wait. Borealis is committed to be a net-zero company by 2050 or earlier and is working on becoming a truly circular company, ready to play a leading role in the transformation of the chemicals and plastics industry. Through our 2030 targets, we are taking the first steps on the way.

  • Circular Economy

    Our key target for 2030:

    • 1,800 metric tons* of circular products and solutions.
    More about Circular Economy
  • Climate and Energy

    Our key targets for 2030:

    • < 2 million metric tons of Scope 1 & 2** emissions***
    • 100% of electricity from renewable sources
    • Zero non-emergency flaring
    More about Climate and Energy
  • Health and Safety

    Our all-time goals:

    • Zero work-related incidents or accidents
    • Zero harmful substances in our products according to REACH****
    More about Health and Safety

*Production capacity. Includes recycled and renewable polymers and chemicals as well as renewable hydrocarbons

**Scope 1 are direct GHG emissions that occur at the source and are controlled by Borealis. Scope 2 are GHG emissions stemming from the generation of energy purchased by the company. Scope 3 are indirect GHG emissions that are a consequence of company activities but occur from sources outside or not controlled by the company.

***Base year 2019, reflecting the divestment of the Borealis nitrogen business.
****Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH)

Our Actions to Advance Sustainability

Making the world a more sustainable place works best when working together. Borealis is working on creating a more sustainable future through a number of varied projects and partnerships:

Our Key Metrics

Accountability is key. Every year we compare our targets and our actual performance. This is how we did in 2022:

Industrial sites

28%

of electricity used in Borealis' own operations was derived from renewable sources, such as wind and solar.

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148 metric tons

of total capacity for circular solutions established. 1.88% of our polyolefin sales came from post-consumer recyclates - and we are looking to increase this figure in the upcoming years.

Industries

40 metric tons

of flaring losses in HC&E and PO, 14 metric tons of which were non-emergency flaring losses.

Fertilizers

407 million cubicmeters

of water withdrawn, 96.3% of which was from seawater and 2% was from freshwater sources.

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82 metric tons

of waste was created in the Borealis HC&E and PO sites, 26% of which went to energy recovery, 7% to landfill, 20% to recycling and 47% percent to other treatment.

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1,948 metric tons

Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions.

Calculated according to Greenhouse Gas Protocol methodology. Excludes Fertilizers, Melamine and TEN. Refers to Scope 2 market-based emissions.

Carefulness

73 points

in the 2023 EcoVadis rating.

Environmental Management

Borealis’ environmental management encompasses managing its energy consumption and efficiency, emissions to the environment (air and soil), its use and discharge of water, operational waste, and its overall environmental performance, ensuring compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.

At least every three years, the Group performs a detailed and systematic environmental risk and opportunity assessment for every plant, in all locations. All Borealis production locations are part of an ISO 14001 compliant environmental management system. We have also incorporated all elements of Operation Clean Sweep® (OCS), an international programme to mitigate pellet loss, and are Signatory of the chemical industry’s Global Charter for Responsible Care®.

In 2022 Borealis performed a climate risk and vulnerability assessment and developed a water management framework.



Our Views on Global Challenges

As a responsible chemicals and materials company, we value transparent communication on how we see the different challenges the world is facing today.

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Want to Know More?

Discover detailed insights into our sustainability performance and targets in our Annual Report.

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