GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS
We acknowledge and accept our responsibility to manage our operations to minimize the generation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and the associated impacts on climate change, public health and the environment. Our concerns for these potential impacts will drive our plans and activities to reduce our emissions to sustainable levels. We also consider GHG emission reductions a sign of improved operational efficiency at our manufacturing facilities and a potential business advantage. We diligently monitor our processes in compliance with applicable regulatory requirements and work to minimize our global environmental footprint.
Materion continues to identify and implement measures to reduce GHG emissions. As an example, Materion facilities have reduced GHG emissions by more than 300 metric tons (MT) of Carbon Dioxide Equivalents (CO2e) per year through the installation of new equipment and improvements in processes and procedures at several key facilities. As another example, our Materion Optics Balzer facility in Jena, Germany utilizes 100 % renewable electric energy. Materion is continuing to assess GHG emissions and the results will be used to focus our planning and implementation to those operations and activities that provide the greatest potential for reductions in GHG emissions.
GHG performance was relatively flat in 2020 versus 2019. Changes observed were related primarily to the acquisition and integration of Optics Balzers in the second half of 2020 and demand fluctuations at manufacturing operations throughout 2020 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
GHG performance in 2021 versus 2020 showed improvement on an intensity basis. The 2019 - 2020 companywide GHG Emission data is provided in the following table.
Many of our manufacturing processes are heavily dependent on energy and we understand that improved energy efficiency and reduced usage provides economic as well as environmental benefits such as reduced GHG emissions. We are committed to investigating and implementing approaches to reduce our overall energy intensity. This will include evaluating modernization of equipment, improved process technologies, and other innovative methods to achieve efficiency improvements and reduced costs.
Materion continues to identify and implement efficiency and other energy reduction improvement opportunities. As an example, Materion facilities reduced energy usage by over 1,800 gigajoules (GJ) per year through the installation of new equipment and improvements in processes and procedures at several key facilities. Materion is continuing to assess energy use and the results will be used to focus our planning and implementation to those operations and activities that provide the greatest potential for energy reductions and optimization.
Energy use in 2021 versus 2020 showed improvement on an intensity basis.
The 2019 - 2020 companywide Energy Use data is provided in the following table.