Designing for the long term
LyondellBasell operates responsibly in each of the communities where we are located. Guided by our HSE Policy and internal standards of Operational Excellence, we take care to minimize our resource consumption and production of waste and emissions at each of our locations. These standards require our sites to assess and minimize potential operational impacts to the environment.
In addition to operating our facilities responsibly, we make numerous products which aid in the conservation of environmental and natural resources. Many of our products enable consumers to reduce their environmental impact by saving energy or by reducing the amount of materials needed in contrast with competing solutions. One example of how our products are helping to save energy is the introduction of new polymer grades for the production of lighter weight automotive components, which reduce fuel usage by consumers. Similarly, food packaging made from our polymers provides not only light weight advantages, but also helps to preserve the food itself. In addition, LyondellBasell products are used extensively in energy efficient applications, such as: solar cells, heat insulating roofing and wind turbines. Studies  show that the use of products such as insulation saves more energy during their lifespan than the energy required to manufacture them. In this way, we contribute to resource and energy savings over the long term.
Energy-efficiency demonstrates our commitment to resource management and the environment
When we design our plants we use efficient designs to ensure best-in-class performance from the moment we start-up, and we strive to improve our operations year after year.
For example, many of our manufacturing sites use co-generation facilities to improve energy efficiency. A conventional power plant loses a significant amount of energy as heat during electricity production. Co-generation facilities, however, are significantly more efficient as they produce heat and power together.
Our first co-generation facility was installed in Channelview, Texas, in 1985. Today, 11 of our sites around the world are powered using this energy efficient technology. They generate 2,000 megawatts of electricity, which is enough to power 2 million homes. For LyondellBasell, the use of co-generation results in approximately 1.2 million fewer tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually, which is equivalent to taking 230,000 cars off the road.
We believe in conserving energy and focusing on preventing the loss of valuable resources. Whenever possible, waste products are used to fuel our processes, thereby producing energy while reducing waste disposal requirements. In addition, we audit our major production facilities throughout their lifetime to identify further potential energy savings opportunities. This ensures that we maintain an on-going program of continuous improvement.
Improving our environmental performance is part of our long-term approach, and in recent years we have invested significantly in upgrading our facilities. As a result, many of our plants have realized considerable performance improvements.
The impacts of plastics on lifecycle consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in Europe, Denkstatt GmbH, 2010.