Emissions

Environmental, Social, and Governance

Emissions

Emissions from our operations vary by business segment. Our air emissions generally result from mining activities, crude oil storage tanks, combustion sources, and crude oil and natural gas transportation. With the exception of our soda ash mining operations in Green River, Wyoming, and our Garden Banks-72 offshore platform, all of our facilities are classified as minor sources of air emissions under the Clean Air Act. Our air permitting and compliance program manages applicable regulated emissions using the various methods mentioned below:

  • Maintaining a robust permitting and compliance program for operational activities
  • Tracking permit requirements and deadlines in a compliance tracking system
  • Calculating annual emissions as required by federal and state regulations
  • Reviewing plans for modifications to facilities and operations to determine whether permitting is required
  • Using control technology when feasible to reduce emissions
  • Operating all of our marine vessel engines and generators to meet Tier 3 standards, using low sulfur diesel, which meets IMO 2020 standards
  • Phasing out Ozone Depleting Substances from marine vessel A/C units

We continually look for additional efficiencies in our operations and new ways to reduce our air emissions. Recently, Genesis Energy opened our new Sodium Hydrosulfide Terminal in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The location of this new terminal is only 8 miles away from our Sodium Hydrosulfide plant in Westlake, Louisiana, which reduces the number of miles driven by tractor trailers carrying product between points of transfer by approximately 266 miles (94 percent) round trip. By decreasing the amount of time the tractor trailers carrying hazardous materials are on the road, we not only reduce our transportation costs, but also dramatically reduce our vehicle emissions and risk of accidents.

Climate Change

We recognize that climate change is an important topic for our investors and that human activity is leading to increased emissions of greenhouse gases (“GHG”).

In 2020, we calculated our baseline Scope 1 and 2 emissions for our operations using 2019 data. Calculations were performed in accordance with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Greenhouse Gas Reporting Protocol. We intend to continue to track and analyze this data.

2019 Scope 1 Greenhouse Gas Emissions (Metric Tons CO2e)
Total 3,414,210
  Marine Transportation    121,642
  Offshore Pipeline Transportation       42,921
  Onshore Facilities and Transportation       17,520
  Sodium Minerals and Sulfur Services  3,232,127
2019 Scope 2 Greenhouse Gas Emissions (Metric Tons CO2e)
Total     328,786
  Marine Transportation               85
  Offshore Pipeline Transportation             259
  Onshore Facilities and Transportation        12,044
  Sodium Minerals and Sulfur Services      316,398
2019 Scope 1 Methane Emissions (Metric Tons CH4)
Total        43,737
  Marine Transportation                  4
  Offshore Pipeline Transportation           1,019
  Onshore Facilities and Transportation                51
  Sodium Minerals and Sulfur Services         42,663
2019 Scope 2 Methane Emissions (Metric Tons CH4)
Total           14.33
  Marine Transportation           0.006
  Offshore Pipeline Transportation           0.018
  Onshore Facilities and Transportation           0.802
  Sodium Minerals and Sulfur Services         13.500
2019 Total Emissions (Metric Tons CO2e)
Total    3,742,996
2019 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Intensity (Metric Tons CO2e/$MM Revenue)
Total           1,509

We also recognize stakeholders’ desire for more disclosure on climate-related risk assessment and management and are considering integrating recommendations from the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures in the future.