Smart science to improve lives™
Changing environment

Reducing our carbon footprint and increasing sustainable innovation

UN SDG contribution

We will continue reducing our carbon footprint and increasing our use of bio-based raw materials. The benefits in use of our ingredients will enable more carbon to be saved than we emit through our operations and supply chain. By becoming Climate Positive we will directly contribute towards the following UN SDG targets: 

SDG 7.2, SDG 7.3, SDG 9.4, SDG 12.2, SDG 13.2, SDG 17

Our scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions are externally verified and we received reasonable verification in 2020, the highest level of external verification.


  • Croda was the third major chemical company to commit to becoming net zero by 2050 and have a 1.5°C Science Based Target verified
  • 27% reduction in scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions intensity since 2020
  • 951,000 tonnes CO2e avoided through the use of ingredients attached to verified case studies
  • 69% of our organic origin raw materials were bio-based in 2021

Climate Positive: our world in 2030

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Our targets

We are developing our sustainability strategy to 2030, ensuring our alignment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Croda 2021 scope 1, 2 and 3 verification statement

2021 Sustainability report

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Objectives and examples of progress

We will enable the transition to a low carbon economy. We will be Climate Positive, working closely with our customers to develop products that offer carbon saving benefits in use.

Our ingredients offer many sustainability benefits in use, including helping our customers and their consumers to reduce or avoid greenhouse gas emissions. Our Carbon Cover target means that by 2030 the use of our products will avoid four times the carbon emissions associated with our business. To achieve this target, we will:

  • Discover and account for avoided emissions using our existing ingredients
  • Develop innovative carbon-saving ingredients to meet our customers’ needs

Case study: Externally validated avoided emissions

In 2021 we identified five new case studies where emissions were avoided, including a new product launched in 2021. The emissions savings of this new product were revealed during its sustainability assessment, part of the new way of working for our innovation teams to support our Commitment.

The four other products were identified by our Carbon Cover working group, set up in 2021 to drive the discovery of new case studies and identify avoided emissions for larger product and application areas. The group assessed around 80% of our product portfolio for potential carbon savings in use, which led to our first multiproduct, multi-application assessment, encompassing all products sold by our Crop Protection, Plant Impact and Incotec businesses.

Our total avoided emissions in 2021 linked to the sales of ingredients from these case studies, and our product case studies validated in 2020 and 2019, is 951,000 tonnes CO2e. This leads to a carbon cover ratio of 0.8:1. All case studies were aligned with our existing methodology for quantifying and reporting avoided emissions, as externally validated by Avieco. 


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