We closely monitor our emissions and are continuously looking for ways to reduce these emissions and have a long-standing commitment to emission reduction.

Considering the link between GHG and climate change as well as the health and environmental issues associated with air pollutants, it is imperative that we monitor our emissions closely and work diligently to minimize our respective impacts as much as possible. Often, this means working closely with the governments in the areas where we operate as they aim to reduce industrial and commercial sources of emissions in their communities. In this regard, we have been leading the industry and demonstrating our support of these collective objectives. This has been especially true in both the United States and China, where we have continued to see increasingly stricter regulations for our industry and others.  We are responding to these new challenges through the installation of state-of-the-art emission control technology.

The emission controls and operational practices we have introduced at our facilities to reduce emissions have shown positive results. Over the course of the 2017 calendar year, we made progress in GHG emissions reduction, achieving 41% of our reduction goal.

We also made significant improvements in our NOX emissions from our baseline year, realizing an 18% reduction in our NOX emissions intensity and an 11% decrease in our absolute emissions, which represents 93% of our overall goal from the 2012 baseline. We also continued to make progress toward our SO2 reduction, reaching 26% of our goal, and we expect to see further reductions as ongoing projects are completed.