Greenhouse Gases and Energy Efficiency
Using calendar 2007 as our baseline year, we have met our goal to improve intensity-based energy efficiency for our large ASUs, and continue to make progress with HyCO facilities. These goals are meant to achieve a seven percent reduction in energy consumption at our ASUs per quantity of gas produced and a seven percent reduction in fuel and feedstock consumption per quantity of hydrogen produced at our HyCO plants by 2015.
In order to achieve this, we have committed to accelerating efficiency improvements in our existing assets and using state-of-the-art efficiency for new production investments. Air Products’ Global Operations, Engineering and Technology teams provide technical resources to identify, develop and implement energy reduction opportunities across all regions.
|2015 Intensity-Based Energy Goals:
|Reduce 7% indexed against production by 2015 for ASUs and HyCO, representing approximately 80% of our total global energy requirements from 2007 baseline.
Initiatives related to renewable energy
Air Products is focused on delivering productivity, energy efficiency, and making our customers more sustainable. We use our core technology and product strengths to bring cost effective solutions to our customers that help reduce their energy consumption and environmental impact. For example, application of our oxyfuel combustion technologies in the manufacture of cement, glass, aluminum and steel enables customers to improve fuel efficiencies up to 65% while reducing emissions of NOx and particulate matter. We are using another oxygen-enriched technology for an advanced gasification facility in Tees Valley, UK that will convert waste to power for up to 50,000 homes. We also supply products that support renewable energy, such as high purity process gases and cleaning agents and services that support the production of solar cells and high efficiency lighting, and curing agents for epoxy resins used in high strength-to-weight composites for wind turbines. Likewise, hydrogen has many energy benefits, from removing sulfur from sour crude oil that enables refiners to meet fuel emissions standards, to increasing the amount of fuel that can be produced from a barrel of crude, to hydrogen’s use as an emission-free transportation fuel. It can also be used to produce biodiesel from renewable feedstocks. Due to these benefits and our focus on the environment, Air Products continues to look for methods to produce hydrogen from renewable and low carbon sources, such as biomass and municipal wastewater.
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