We help customers improve their sustainability performance through higher productivity, better quality products, reduced energy use, and lower emissions.
At Air Products, we are driven by an important ambition: to innovate alongside our customers and help them be more sustainable. We produce products that improve energy efficiency, reduce environmental impact and address societal needs such as health, safety and improving quality of life. In 2019, 53% of revenues were derived from sustainable offerings, exceeding our goal of 50%.
We are committed to enabling our customers to enhance their sustainability. We track our progress through avoided carbon dioxide (CO₂) emissions and the revenue contributions of our sustainable offerings, which are products that improve energy efficiency, reduce environmental impact, and/or address a societal need. We enabled 69 million metric tonnes of CO₂e to be avoided in 2019 through several of the following products.
Gasification technologies convert lower-value feedstocks into syngas that can be used to make higher-value products, such as substitute natural gas, power, steam, hydrogen, transportation fuels, fertilizers, chemicals and more. Gasification of coal is the cleanest of all coal-based electric power technologies and produces significantly lower levels of air emissions and solid waste than traditional, combustion-based power generating processes.
Gasification also enables countries to use available resources and improve energy security by converting feedstocks into cleaner energy and value-added products. Air Products has acquired gasification technology and is developing a robust technological foundation to serve the growing gasification industry.
Our oxy-fuel combustion technologies are used in energy-intensive applications like cement, metals and glass manufacturing to increase production, lower fuel use and costs, reduce emissions and optimize efficiency. Air Products has been a leader in oxy-fuel technology since it was first introduced over 50 years ago and continues to help customers improve operations and efficiency through new burner designs and performance testing at our world-class combustion laboratory facilities.
Hydrogen is used to refine heavier, sour crudes, increase refinery yields and reduce emissions through cleaner transportation fuels, including ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel and hydrogen powered electric fuel cell vehicles. Many other industries, such as electronics, food, glass, chemicals and more also benefit from hydrogen's unique properties to improve quality, optimize performance and reduce costs.
Air Products is the world's largest provider of hydrogen. We operate over 100 hydrogen plants, including some with liquefaction capabilities and which have a combined 1,500 years of operating experience. In many cases, we provide hydrogen from pipeline systems around the globe, including the world's largest hydrogen pipeline network and system located in the U.S. Gulf Coast.
Gases for Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) and Freshline® solutions provide high-purity gases and equipment to extend the shelf life of food, improve taste, reduce waste and help to keep production cost down. The research and development team at Air Products has been at the forefront of food freezing for over 50 years, pioneering cryogenic technology and continuing to push the boundaries of efficiency and versatility while ensuring safety and hygiene.
Our Halia® solutions enable healthy aquatic ecosystems and effective treatment of water and wastewater. We supply high-purity oxygen and Halia® aeration systems for use in hatcheries and fish farms, lakes, ponds and other water bodies to promote conditions that allow fish, turtles and other aquatic life to thrive.
Since the 1960s, Air Products has provided solutions to increase and improve treatment of wastewater and drinking water for industrial and municipal customers. These innovative, value-added technology solutions improve water quality, reduce costs, lower emissions and increase the environmental sustainability of water treatment processes.
Hydrogen can be used in many different types of transportation, either in a fuel cell or an internal combustion engine, to eliminate or significantly reduce emissions. Our SmartFuel® hydrogen fueling station technology provides complete fueling infrastructure from supply to dispensing for fuel cell vehicles and is used in 1.5 million hydrogen fills per year.
With more than 50 years of hydrogen experience, Air Products is at the forefront of hydrogen energy technology development. Cars, trucks, vans, buses, scooters, forklifts, locomotives, planes, cell towers, material handling equipment and even submarines have been fueled with our SmartFuel® technologies.
Biogas membrane separators are used to produce methane from farm waste, manure, or municipal waste. The proprietary hollow fiber membranes purify the biomethane by removing unwanted elements from the biogas stream, so it can be used to generate heat and power.
Helium and our high purity medical gases help sustain life. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is enabled by helium, which is used to keep the MRI magnets cold and superconducting. Helium is also valued as a gas for lifting, breathing, leak detection, space exploration, semiconductor manufacturing, scientific applications and shielding. It has unique properties that optimize performance and productivity, reduce labor costs and improve safety.
As a leading producer and supplier of helium, Air Products has pioneered many of the helium extraction, production, distribution and storage technologies still in use today, including cryogenic equipment for most of the world's helium recovery plants.
The use of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) continues to increase with strong energy demands in growing economies. Our LNG technology and equipment enables the efficient and economic production and transport of this critical energy resource, including from stranded energy sources around the globe. More LNG is produced using Air Products' mixed component refrigerant and liquefaction processes than any other processes, with over 100 LNG trains currently in operation.
We manufacture this efficient and reliable equipment at our state-of-the-art facility in Florida (U.S.), where we have dedicated an LNG Equipment Test Facility and announced a manufacturing plant expansion at the site.
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