Carbon footprint of Infraserv Höchst: Gradually working toward a small CO₂ footprint
The carbon footprint of Infraserv Höchst was 1,584,149 tons of CO₂ equivalents in 2017. This is a slight decline of 58,000 tons of CO₂ equivalents compared to the previous year. Increased use of natural gas instead of coal has reduced the contribution to direct CO₂ emissions, as well as process emissions.
Covering the heat and electricity demands of Industriepark Höchst in 2017
Industriepark Höchst is one of the largest production and research sites in Europe. Over 980 buildings and production plants required around 2,000 GWh of electrical energy and 3,700 GWh of heat in the form of process steam – these numbers are equivalent to the annual electricity consumption of approximately 670,000 households, or the heat used by approximately 170,000 single-family domiciles.
Both the generated electricity and heat are used in theat Industriepark Höchst, thereby enabling a fuel utilization level of approximately 90 percent. Infraserv Höchst consistently uses the potential of cogeneration. This means that the electricity produced at the site is generated with significantly lower CO₂ emissions than the usual electricity mix in Germany.
In 2010, for example, the specific CO₂ emissions for the electricity mix in Germany were 0.502 kg CO₂ / kWh of electricity. Infraserv Höchst was able to achieve 0.394 kg CO₂ / kWh electricity in 2010. In 2017, we were able to improve again and reduce the amount to 0.293 kg CO₂ / kWh.
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