Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions, Industrial - October 8, 2018
Huntsman posts decrease in energy use
Huntsman Corporation, the global chemical manufacturer, announced that its total energy use in 2017 was below a 2006 baseline, with production intensity also decreasing slightly in 2017 due to the decrease in energy usage.
With the release of their 2017 Corporate Sustainability report, the company reported, "Huntsman has continued to stay competitive by improving the energy efficiency of our operations, thereby reducing our energy impacts and saving costs. We continue to improve the reliable and economical supply and use of energy at our sites, using efficient technologies to generate steam and electricity, as well as energy-efficient production processes."
The report cites as an example the company’s facility in Port Neches, Texas, which utilized waste heat recovery and combined heat and power systems for greater energy efficiency in 2017 vs. 2016.
The company also reported a decrease in total GHG emissions in 2017 compared to the 2006 baseline, including both direct and indirect emissions. The report stated, "Huntsman continues to focus on managing our environmental footprint and delivering solutions to help our customers manage theirs. We also capture exhaust CO2 from some sites and sell it into the industrial gas market." Among measures taken in 2017 to reduce direct emissions and improve operations were converting from diesel-powered to electric forklifts, installing new plant operation systems, using new blowing agents with lower carbon footprints, upgrading boilers, and converting from fuel oil to natural gas-fired equipment."