Sustainability Report 2019/2020

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Environmental Protection Costs

In 2020, WACKER invested €0.8 million in environmental protection (2019: €5.1 million). Environmental operating costs amounted to €83.0 million (2019: €82.9 million). Half of our environmental expenditure in 2020 was for waste management at the Zhangjiagang site. We began preliminary work on building a flue-gas denitrification (DeNOx) facility in the Nünchritz waste-incineration plant. At Burghausen, we invested in a new measurement vehicle.

Examples of our environmental protection investments in 2019: our automation efforts at the Burghausen site further improved availability of the sludge incineration facility and reduced harmful emissions. At our wastewater treatment plant in Nünchritz, we automated the inflow of nutrients and additives in order to align them with demand, to avoid excess additions and to lower discharges into waterways.

Environmental Protection Costs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

€ million

 

2020

 

2019

 

2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating costs

 

83.0

 

82.9

 

82.9

Investments

 

0.8

 

5.1

 

5.9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Investments in environmental protection

 

 

 

 

 

 

Water pollution control

 

0.5

 

1.7

 

3.3

Waste management

 

0.2

 

3.3

 

2.5

Noise reduction

 

 

 

Air pollution control

 

0.1

 

0.0

 

0.2

Climate protection

 

 

 

Soil remediation

 

0.02

 

 

Nature conservation and landscape management