We strive to protect the environment for the future we envision.

Making our business activities eco-friendly is a mission we take seriously. We are dedicated to making continuous efforts in identifying and addressing elements that impact the environment to protect our planet and make life more abundant and convenient for mankind.

Climate Change
Response and
Internalization of

We actively participate in climate change response and environmental management.

Beyond severe climate change happening globally, we are entering an era of the climate crisis. Being environmentally friendly has become an essential element of corporate management, and major countries around the world are strengthening their carbon reduction goals and expanding carbon regulations. Accordingly, KCI is carrying out eco-friendly management and carbon reduction activities by deriving a roadmap to achieve carbon neutrality and reduce greenhouse gas and energy consumption.

Climate Change Response

KCI actively participate in CDP’s initiatives to follow the response trend in climate change and satisfy customers’ requirements. Based on this, we strive to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption to become a leading eco-friendly company in the chemical industry. In addition, we make an effort to achieve Net Zero by 2050 and fulfill the responsibility as a member of the global society. The ESG Committee always confirms and discusses related issues to contribute to making a better society.

2050 Carbon Neutrality Roadmap
  • Reduce 20%

  • Reduce 50%

  • Reduce 100%

  • Transition to renewable energy

  • Active carbon emission reduction efforts

  • Energy efficiency improvement

  • Development of eco-friendly products

Greenhouse Gas Emissions

(Unit: tCO2eq)

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Table
Division 2020 2021 2022(*)
Direct Greenhouse Gas Emissions
(Scope 1)
2,499.86 2,211.67 2,275.17
Indirect Greenhouse Gas Emissions
(Scope 1)
3,166.90 3,223.37 3,376.86
Total Greenhouse Gas Emissions
(Scope 1 + 2)
5,666.76 5,435.04 5,652.03
Greenhouse Gas Emission Intensity
(Scope 1, 2)
0.57 tCO2eq/Ton 0.56 tCO2eq/Ton 0.53 tCO2eq/Ton

* The 2022 national emission factors have been applied since 2022


(Unit: TJ)

Energy Table
Division 2020 2021 2022(*)
Total Energy Consumption 114.69 110.80 112.62
- Electricity 66.11 67.29 67.81
- Liquid Natural Gas 48.24 43.14 44.34
- Gasoline 0.09 0.16 0.21
- Diesel 0.25 0.21 0.17
- Energy Intensity 11.55 GJ/Ton 11.52 GJ/Ton 10.49 GJ/Ton

* The 2022 national emission factors have been applied since 2022

Internalization of Environmental Management

KCI pursues environment preservation and people’s prosperous life at the same time, and seeks to build a systematic management system to realize sustainable management. In addition, we reflect the efforts to protect the environment to our strategies and core values and implement sustainable management through environmental management.

Strategies for promoting eco-friendly management

  • Response to
    Net Zero

    Expanded the use of
    renewable energy

    Energy conversion activities to reduce GHGs

    Carbon neutrality by 2050

    Joining RE100

    Introduction of GHG reduction technology

  • Strengthening the Circular
    Economy System

    Increased waste recycling rate

    Reduced water usage

    Efforts to reduce air pollutants

    Efforts to reduce hazardous chemicals

    Developed recycling technology and expanded investments

  • Strengthening the
    Management System

    Established ESG Committee

    Straticized the product environment

    Strengthened ISO14001 certification

    Strengthened employees’ awareness of eco-friendly management

    Company-wide goal management

Usage &

Striving continuously to solve environmental problems caused by resource usage.

Continuous efforts are needed to promote reuse, recycling, and the circulation of resources to prevent the depletion of natural resources and address environmental issues caused by resource usage. In particular, KCI is continuously reducing environmental impacts by practicing waste separation and minimizing waste generation to meet the strict requirements for managing hazardous chemicals and waste.

Resource Use

Water scarcity is intensifying worldwide and the changes in rainfall patterns and rising sea levels caused by climate change are accelerating. KCI recognizes the importance of water resource management and is actively implementing activities to reduce the amount of water used and wastewater generated.

  • Water Pollution and Wastewater Management

    To minimize the discharge of hazardous substances, we have set discharge limits to below 80% of legal discharge standards and regularly monitor discharge levels. We are reducing water consumption and safely releasing wastewater after secondary treatment.
  • Air Pollutant Management

    We have established guidelines for air, water, noise, and vibration management to actively respond to air pollution and environmental issues, conduct environmental impact assessments, as well as record and practice hazard management plans.
Water Consumption

(Unit: ML)

Water Consumption Table
Division 2020 2021 2022
Water Withdrawal 29.83 31.10 45.59
Water Consumption 15.69 17.26 25.21
Water Discharge 14.13 13.83 20.38
Wastewater Discharge and Recycled Amount

(Unit: ML)

Wastewater Discharge and Recycled Amount Table
Division 2020 2021 2022
Wastewater Discharge 11.74 11.33 18.74
Wastewater Recycled 0 0 0
Chemical Oxygen Demand
1.17Ton 0.88Ton 1.22Ton
Biochemical Oxygen Demand
1.52Ton 0Ton 0Ton
Suspended Solids
0.26Ton 0.85Ton 1.35Ton
Air Pollutant Emissions

(Unit: Ton)

Air Pollutant Emissions Table
Division 2020 2021 2022
Dust(PM3) 2.43 2.52 1.29
SOx 0.01 0.06 0.07
NOx 0.44 1.04 0.42

Waste Management

KCI has established waste management guidelines to minimize waste generation and to also increase the efficiency of resource use. In accordance with the guidelines, we designate the authority and role of the waste-related person in charge (Plant manager, Environment safety department head, etc.), identify the status of waste generation, report treatment plans, separate and collect waste, etc. according to the legal obligations. We maintain records of hazardous information according to the Waste Management Act for the waste subject to the environmental minister's notification, and design eco-friendly processes to minimize environmental impact and prevent the generation of unnecessary process byproducts.


(Unit: Ton)

Waste Table
Division 2020 2021 2022
Waste Generation by Type General Waste 100.06 122.96 130.37
- Landfill 16.23 33.72 43.39
- Incineration 65.85 56.92 54.96
- Recycle 17.98 35.32 32.02
- Others 0 0 0
Designated Waste 1,752.94 1,690.31 1,539.10
- Landfill 0 0 0
- Incineration 9.29 0.49 33.72
- Recycle 1,740.01 1,687.32 1,505.38
- Others 3.64 2.50 0
Total Waste Disposal 1,853.00 1,813.27 1,669.47
Waste Generation per Sales 0.0253Ton/KRW million 0.0222Ton/KRW million 0.0152Ton/KRW million
Amount of Recycled Waste Amount of Recycled Waste 1,757.99 1,722.64 1,537.40
- Waste Recycling Rate 95% 95% 92%
Hazardous Waste Generation 0 0 0

Handling and management of hazardous chemicals

KCI has established guidelines for the management of hazardous chemicals to prevent accidents that may occur during the handling of hazardous chemicals. These guidelines define the authority and role of the person in charge (plant manager) related to the handling of hazardous chemicals and regulate the methods of storing, handling, and using hazardous materials, as well as procedures for responding to leakages. We conduct regular and random safety checks and safety diagnoses to prevent accidents and ensure safety management, and in particular, facilities for handling hazardous chemicals are operated after a pre-operation check.

Investment in

KCI invests in eco-friendly products to protect environment and make people’s life prosperous.

Aligned with the prevailing eco-conscious direction in the chemical sector, KCI embraces the use of natural materials and pursues the development of biodegradable alternatives. In addition, we maintain an ongoing effort to identify and enhance elements that affect the environment, thereby contributing to its safeguard. We also allocate resources towards the creation of eco-friendly products that enrich the quality of life and enhance convenience for individuals.

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Posted on March 28, 2023

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