Innovative technologies and the efficient use of energy are key to conserving resources, reducing greenhouse gases and remaining commercially successful. We offer our customers solutions for the many facets of sustainable electricity and fuel production – from solar energy and biological fuels up to environmentally friendly hydrogen as a method to store energy.
Energy efficiency measures
Energy efficiency is a key competitive factor for Linde. The production of industrial gases is an energy-intensive process. One of our biggest challenges is therefore to reduce the consumption of energy – and thus also greenhouse gas emissions. The basis for this is our global energy management.
Linde covers about 80 percent of its energy needs with electricity and natural gas. The majority of this energy is used to produce air gases in air separation units. Accordingly, we focus in particular on this area for improving our energy efficiency and productivity.
We analyse the energy efficiency of plants and processes through internal audits. Identified savings potential is systematically implemented where technically and economically sensible. For example, all production facilities operated by Linde Gas Germany have been certified in accordance with ISO 50001. This global standard is evidence of a systematic approach to energy management with well-defined responsibilities and goals, coupled with on-going efforts to increase efficiency.
The proportion of renewable energy in our electricity mix largely reflects the national electricity mix offer at our sites. We undertake additional activities aimed at promoting regenerative energies. In Sweden, for instance, the company holds a stake in the wind power company VindIn. The aim of this long-term initiative is to generate 1 million MWh of electricity through infrastructure improvements. Healthcare has been obtaining Renewable Energy Certificate System (RECS) certificates since 2009. RECS certificates confirm that energy has been produced in an environmentally friendly way.
Responsibility along the value chain
Highlighted: Areas of the value chain relating to the issues covered on this page