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Climate action

Umicore supports the goals of the United Nations' Paris Agreement: limiting the global temperature rise to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels or well below  2°C  this century. Umicore 2030 RISE strategy is designed to accelerate the transition to a sustainable future, and includes a climate action plan, with ambitious targets, despite the exponential growth projected. 

Our 2030 targets for Scope 1, 2 and 3 are validated by the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi), confirming their alignment with climate science.

Read Umicore’s Climate Transition Plan

Targets overview

Scope 1 & 2 emissions

In 2019, Umicore’s scope 1 GHG emissions amounted to 389 kTon CO2e and scope 2 GHG emissions were 403 kTon CO2e. We commit to carbon neutrality for Scope 1 + Scope 2 GHG emissions by 2035, with intermediate milestones of already reaching a 20% reduction in GHG emissions by 2025 and a 50% reduction by 2030. 

In addition to our net zero targets, we are also committed to operating fully on renewable electricity in Europe and 60% globally by 2025.  

Net-zero scope 1 & 2 emissions by 2035

100% renewable electricity in EU by 2025

Scope 3 emissions

The majority of Umicore's CO2 footprint consists of scope 3 emissions, amounting to 8.3 million tons CO2e in 2019. The upstream emissions linked to purchased goods amounted to 7.3 million tons CO2e in 2019. Umicore has set an ambitious target to reduce the carbon intensity of purchased materials by 42% by 2030. To this end, we will not increase the Scope 3 emissions of our raw materials, despite the exponential growth projected in our 2030 strategy. 

Reduce the carbon intensity of purchased materials by 42% by 2030

To reach our goal we are implementing several levers to reduce our upstream emissions, such as increasing our internal reuse of recycled metals, increasing secondary materials in our input mix, sourcing from decarbonizing and low-carbon suppliers, and integrating our services upstream. 

Avoided emissions (Scope 4 emissions)

Decarbonization for all scopes is a key priority for Umicore, and while Scope 1, 2 and 3 reduction is at the heart of our company ambitions; ​our products are avoiding CO2 emissions during their lifetime. We call these scope 4 emissions. 

By addressing scope 4 emissions, Umicore can not only reduce its own environmental impact but also influence the emissions of its suppliers and customers, thereby contributing to a more sustainable value chain.  Find out how much we avoided in our latest annual report. 

Read more about our journey to decarbonization


Unit 2019 2020 2021 2022
CO2e emissions (scope 1) tonne 389101 330451 372699 346439
CO2e emissions (scope 2) - Market based tonne 402714 402094 473738 338554
% renewable electricity of total energy consumption % 14 15 17 35
Diffuse emissions % 114.2 100 64.8 54.6



2025 2030 2035
CO2e emissions (scope 1) and CO2e emissions (scope 2) - Market based - 20% -50% Net Zero
% renewable electricity of total energy consumption 60 % globally
Diffuse emissions 20%
Scope 3 : reduce the carbon intensity of purchased materials 42%