We understand the broad impacts associated with greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and air pollutants, including implications for climate, concerns regarding the impact on public health and threats to ecosystems.
Emission reductions, however, can also signal improving overall operational efficiency at our manufacturing facilities, and we see our focus on emission reductions as a potential competitive advantage. We monitor our process emissions closely and work to minimize our respective impacts in support of maintaining compliance with our regulatory obligations and reducing our global environmental footprint. We also look to partner with our customers and others who share our goal of reducing emissions impacts across the value chain by providing products that can help lower their own emissions and significantly lower the impact of their products throughout the product life cycle.
By the end of 2019, we had realized 77% of our 2025 GHG reduction target. This was achieved through efforts to improve our process yields through technology, product and process equipment selection, and feedstock selection. We also utilized more efficient production units to produce almost 3% less emissions.
Renewable Electricity in the UK
In 2019, we entered into our first contract to purchase renewable electricity from wind power plants for two of our facilities in the United Kingdom. The contract began in the later part of 2019 and accounted for over 3,000 megawatt-hours of renewable electricity.