FMC Sustainability

Our Commitment to Sustainability

Goals & Data

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In 2015 FMC established goals that will ensure we are a more sustainable enterprise by 2025. These goals encompass safety, environmental and product development aspects and are important drivers to becoming tomorrow’s FMC. We will deliver safe products that benefit our employees, our society and our impact on the Earth.

We will impact five global challenges: climate change, environmental consciousness, food and health expectations, land competition and scarce resources, and ensure that by 2025, FMC will have a decreased environmental footprint and an exciting pipeline of more sustainably advantaged products. Learn more about our goals and progress below:






FMC measures our environmental footprint on an intensity basis (X metric tonnes of energy, GHG, water or waste per tonne of product). In 2016, FMC’s environmental performance varied greatly among Agricultural Solutions, Health and Nutrition and Lithium. The reduction in GHG emissions intensity was driven by changes to cleaner burning fuels in Health and Nutrition and Lithium. We reduced the waste disposed intensity through phasing out a highly waste intensive product in Agricultural Solutions. Agricultural Solutions, FMC’s largest business, produces 69 percent of the company’s total product volume. Because of this, improvements in energy and water use intensities in other businesses are often ‘masked’ by variations in AgS product volume. For example, a major energy reduction in Lithium may not appear in the overall FMC energy intensity results due to Agricultural Solutions production changes. Therefore, in addition to reporting our environmental performance metrics as overall FMC, we also report them by individual business to communicate progress more clearly and transparently.

Interact with our key indicator data below, by using the title drop down list on the right:

Note: For all charts, the numbers in parentheses indicate the corresponding GRI Standard Indicator.


*FMC Totals do not include Active Ingredient Contract Manufacturing
Total Energy Use (TJ) 6,296 6,254 5,953 5,915
Total GHG Emissions (K-Tonnes of CO2e) 413 397 368 339
Total Waste (K-Tonnes) 89.7 86.6 76.1 79.6
Total Waste Disposed (K-Tonnes) 52.6 53.9 35.0 24.6
Total Water Use at High Risk Locations (Million Cubic Meters) 3.58 3.67 3.53 3.66
Total Water Use (Million Cubic Meters) 12.8 12.8 12.8 13.0
Lithium Update

FMC Lithium has achieved significant reductions in energy and water use. As the business grew over the past two years, it focused on increasing production capacity while minimizing resource use.

  1. Energy | With a strong focus on improving efficiency, FMC Lithium increased production by 13 percent while reducing absolute energy use by 1 percent since 2013. This remarkable achievement amounts to a 12 percent reduction in Lithium energy intensity.
  2. Water | FMC Lithium requires water to extract lithium resources from salt flats in Argentina, so we carefully steward water resources. We reduced water intensity by 22 percent since 2013. We are also engineering solutions to further reduce water use through additional water reuse treatment and improved process controls.
Health and Nutrition Update

FMC Health and Nutrition uses the most energy of all FMC business units as a result of manufacturing highly refined products.

  1. Energy | We conducted several focused energy audits at Health and Nutrition sites and found energy reduction opportunities, resulting in flat absolute energy use despite increasing production by 2 percent. We expect that the multi-year energy improvement roadmap will yield additional reductions.
  2. GHG | We achieved a 22 percent reduction in absolute GHG emissions and a 24 percent reduction in GHG intensity from the 2013 baseline. This reduction was accomplished by converting the facility in Rockland, Maine, to run on natural gas and improving energy efficiency. As we implement additional energy improvement projects, we expect GHG emissions to decline further.
Agricultural Solutions Update

In the production of Agricultural Solutions products, FMC-owned manufacturing sites perform the steps of product formulation, mixing and packaging.

Agricultural Solutions Owned Sites

  1. Waste | FMC’s Agricultural Solutions sites focus on waste reduction due to the high volumes they produce. Over the last three years, we focused on efficient operations and repurposing waste streams into value-added materials for other industries. As a result, we reduced absolute waste-to-landfill by 60 percent and waste intensity by 48 percent. It is important to note that a portion of this improvement is driven by a 24 percent reduction in Agricultural Solutions’ production totals due to business conditions.

For many years, FMC Agricultural Solutions has worked with contract manufacturers that synthesize active ingredients for FMC. Because this chemical synthesis has a material environmental impact when compared to the FMC-owned formulation and packaging operations, we also account for the impacts of contract manufacturing.

Agricultural Solutions Contract Manufacturing

  1. Energy | Energy intensity increased by 2 percent since 2013. Over those three years, production increased by 10 percent while absolute energy use increased by 13 percent. Our active ingredient product mix has evolved every year to include different AIs based on grower needs and changing pest pressures. Changing needs have required FMC to produce AIs that are more resource intensive, which increases energy intensity.
  2. GHG | GHG intensity increased 16 percent from 2013-2016, including an absolute GHG emissions increase of 28 percent.
  3. Waste | Waste intensity increased by 2 percent and absolute waste disposal increased by 12 percent since 2013. Similar to GHG emissions, this metric is heavily influenced by the specific products that FMC made in 2016 to meet customer requirements, including some products that are highly waste intensive.

Actions to Continue Progress

Each business has identified new projects to favorably impact the metrics and these projects are included in their 2017 capital plans.

FMC Reporting and Consolidation Principles 

The 2016 data in this report includes all sites under FMC’s operational control, as well as sites acquired from Cheminova in 2015 and environmental data supplied by active ingredient contract manufacturing companies (except where noted).  The prior year data have all been restated to provide consistency.

Assurance Scope

In this 2016 Report, FMC included data from legacy Cheminova sites for the first time. Because the data that was assured in the 2015 Report did not include Cheminova, the historical information in this report is no longer consistent with last year’s assured data. It should also be noted that the 2016 independent assurance does not include: Active Ingredient Contract Manufacturing Total, Total Active Ingredient Contract Manufacturing + FMC Intensity, and Global Water Use at High Risk Locations.