Morgan Advanced Materials

Net zero

Our sustainability strategy includes actions to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and combat climate change. We are making this happen through the products that we manufacture and the way we manufacture them.

Our products help our customers to be more efficient – to use less energy in their manufacturing processes or in their products, and to generate less CO2. We are also working hard to decarbonise our own operations – to produce our products more efficiently and to reduce our own CO2 emissions.

  • We are migrating to carbon-free electricity across the Group. 49% of our power was carbon free at the end of 2022.
  • We are continuing to improve the efficiency of our gas fired kilns and have started to evaluate electrically fired options for some kiln types.

During 2022 we reduced our absolute scope 1 and 2 CO2e emissions by 8.2%.

Our aspiration Our 2030 goal
A CO2 net zero business by 20501 50% reduction in Scope 1 and Scope 2 CO2 emissions2

1. Excludes indirect emissions generated by our supply chain, distribution network and employee travel. 2. Reduction targets shown are compared to a 2015 baseline.

Our decarbonisation roadmap

The risks and opportunities considered by the Board have directly informed Morgan’s strategy to deliver on our 2030 goals and 2050 aspirations. These risks and opportunities form the foundation of our net zero roadmap, to ensure we achieve our targets.

Preparing for the future

Morgan's short-term planning (0-3 years) focuses on climate change-related actions towards process efficiency, improving net-water consumption, and changing power providers and/or power sources to renewable/carbon free energy (to achieve our 2025 target of 65% carbon free electricity).

  • Conversion of lower temperature furnaces to electricity. Building on the development work to convert low temperature processes, minimising exposure to carbon taxation.
  • Development of a scope 3 emissions strategy and targets. Our near-term science-based emissions reduction targets were approved in August 2023.
  • Life Cycle Assessment on our key products. To better support our customers in their decarbonisation journeys, we will conduct life cycle assessments of our key products, making carbon footprints available, but also identifying opportunities to reduce their impact.
  • Engineering solutions to increase efficiency and water recycling. Leveraging our furnace working group to ensure our existing assets are performing.
  • Inclusion of a shadow carbon price in Capex business cases. This will drive visibility of the potential environmental costs of business decisions.
  • Investing in early-stage R&D projects for carbon free furnaces. Acknowledging that the solutions are not yet deployable in many cases, we will work with academia, industry groups and suppliers to develop solutions.
  • Investing to grow capacity in key markets. We will invest in equipment to support the fast growth in the semiconductor, clean energy, and clean transportation markets, embedding and improving our market position.
Scaling up

Morgan’s medium-term planning (3-10 years) delivers more permanent solutions to achieve our 2030 ESG goals.

  • Installation of strategic pilot carbon free furnaces. Higher temperature processes require more development, the installation of pilot furnaces for the different furnace types will support this.
  • Further conversion of lower temperature furnaces to electricity. Finishing the remaining low temperature furnaces that can be converted to electricity.
  • Working with our value chain to reduce scope 3 emissions. Deploying our strategy to reduce our scope 3 footprint in key categories to achieve our target of 15% reduction.
Investment in key technologies

Morgan’s long-term approach (10-25 years) considers the achievement of long-term goals and implementing the solutions needed to decarbonise our business. Climate change-related long-term planning includes decisions on the future of power generation and supply, advancements in low carbon technology and larger investments in waste heat recovery and carbon capture.

  • Conversion of higher temperature furnaces to electricity. Where technologically possible, converting higher temperature furnaces to electricity.
  • Working with our value chain to further reduce our scope 3 emissions. Building on our progress, we will continue to work with our value chain to decarbonise.
  • Conversion of remaining furnaces to carbon free alternatives. Electrification may not be possible or viable in all cases, so parallel R&D paths will develop and deploy alternative solutions.

Case study

Ranipet decarbonisation

In 2022, our Thermal Ceramics site in Ranipet, India invested significantly in electric ovens, replacing fossil fuel powered ovens. Best practice sharing revealed that electric continuous ovens used in other parts of the Group were performing more efficiently. The replacement  uses 40% less energy per kilogram of product manufactured (0.41 to 0.25 kWh/kg).

In addition electrical batch ovens were designed and installed, replacing fossil fuel powered ovens. These use 28% less energy per kilogram of product manufactured. All ovens and furnaces in Ranipet (which makes fibre and converted fibre products) are now powered by electricity.

Ranipet already had a solar array on site, generating 100,000kWh of green energy annually (around 1% of site consumption). During 2022, a much larger 4MWp system was installed, generating approximately 5.6 million kWh of green energy annually, supporting 50% of the site’s annual consumption.

These projects combined are expected to reduce the overall CO2e of the site by nearly 50%. The remaining emissions are 97% scope 2 – which is driven by the high grid factor in India and will be addressed with further procurement of green energy. The remaining scope 1 emissions are mainly fuels used for back-up generators.

Work was also completed to replace the centrifugal pump of the furnace cooling circuit, with an energy efficient pump and IE3 motor. This improvement will reduce the site's carbon emissions by 39.25 metric tonnes per annum, and save 55,440kWh of energy each year.

These successful projects demonstrate a pathway to net zero and are replicable at other Morgan sites globally. They serve as templates for other sites as we electrify our lower temperature thermal processes in line with our decarbonisation roadmap.

Details of carbon reduction efforts at Ranipet, India site