Ashland uses The Greenhouse Gas Protocol: A Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard for guiding the reporting of energy and greenhouse gas emissions. Ashland primarily tracks its energy consumption through the number of million British Thermal Units (BTUs) of energy used. For reporting purposes we convert this number to gigajoules (GJ) for both our direct and indirect energy consumption.

Direct energy consumption is the amount of primary energy combusted on site by Ashland. Direct energy sources include natural gas, coal, liquefied petroleum gas, diesel and fuel oils, and gasoline.

Indirect energy refers to the energy consumed by Ashland that is generated by and purchased from external suppliers. Ashland consumes indirect energy through electricity and steam.

In 2016, Ashland direct and indirect energy consumption decreased as a result of continued focus on driving energy efficiency in our operations.

Direct and Indirect Energy Consumption

Direct Energy Consumption (gigajoules)
Fuels FY16 FY15 FY14
Natural gas 5,604,627 6,137,000 7,550,000
Fuel oil 2,543 101,000 210,000
Coal 280,560 559,000 920,000
LPG 6,807 5,000 2,800
Other 743,279 515,100 420,000
Total 7,317,000 9,102,800 10,107,500
Indirect Energy Consumption (gigajoules)
Energy type FY16 FY15 FY14
Electricity  3,675,708 3,867,000 4,360,000
Steam  1,915,587 2,063,000 2,290,000
Other  0 0 0
Total 5,591,295 5,930,000 6,650,000

Improving Our Energy Efficiency

At Ashland, we are constantly looking for ways to improve our energy efficiency and to invest in energy efficiency improvement projects in our existing facilities. Ashland has completed many projects aimed at improving energy efficiency and reducing emissions as summarized below:

Efficiency Type Description of Activity
Building Services
  • Upgrades to HVAC, lighting and ventilation
Manufacturing processes
  • Converting existing boilers to combust natural gas from fuel oil or coal;
  • Improving and repairing plant utilities;
  • Implementing facility improvements based upon energy audit findings;
  • Replacing and upgrading existing equipment; and
  • Changing/modifying manufacturing processes
Process emissions
  • Redesigning/replacing equipment and changing/modifying manufacturing processes