We have ambitious mitigation plans
Reducing our own carbon emissions:
” ambitions demonstrate our strong commitment to reducing GHG emissions, protecting water resources and making our company increasingly resilient.
In line with the 1.5°C pathway, we’ve submitted our targets to the Science Based Target Initiative (SBTi), and our goal is to become carbon neutral by 2050. To achieve this, we’re committed to reducing emissions – across all scopes of our cradle-to-grave footprint (Scope 1, 2 and 3: direct CO2(e) emissions, indirect CO2(e) emissions, and upstream/downstream value chain) – by 42% by 2030, taking 2020 as our baseline.
These targets fit with our previous aim of halving carbon emissions by 2030 from a 2018 baseline.
Some examples of how we plan to achieve this are:
· Reducing energy consumption by 30%
· 100% renewable electricity across all our operations
In total, 34 of our locations and 12 countries already use 100% renewable electricity. We’ve installed solar panels at 17 facilities and have more projects lined up to increase our use of solar energy. We’re also on track to achieve 100% renewable electricity use in Europe in 2022. This underlines how sustainability is part of our daily strategy; we’re constantly taking action to minimize our environmental impact.
Helping our customers reduce carbon emissions
With our Sustainable Solutions, we continue to offer our customers – and their customers in turn – technologies and solutions that enable them to reduce their own emissions and material use. Examples include lower curing coatings, low or zero solvents, water-based solutions and using fewer layers of paint.
Helping buildings fight the heat island effect
As an industry leader developing products and technologies that help create more green buildings, our product innovations play a vital role to in making cities and communities more sustainable.
Overall, building and construction is responsible for around 39% of global energy-related carbon emissions. If no action is taken to improve energy efficiency in the building sector, demand is expected to rise by 50% by 2050. We supply this industry with our “Cool Chemistry” technology. As well as providing ultimate protection outside, it can also cut inside temperatures by up to 5°C, reducing energy consumption and lowering the carbon footprint.
Carbon savings in the production process
Our RUBBOL 100% UV cured exterior range of Sikkens wood coatings can cut drying time by up to 16 hours. This system helps save on production time and energy costs, while providing outstanding performance. In addition, because the range produces zero emissions and needs no mixing, the production process is more sustainable – another important factor for many of our customers.
Low-E energy efficient range: lower costs, improved carbon footprint
The Low-E collection from Powder Coatings is designed to reduce the curing temperature or curing time without sacrificing quality or performance. By using this range, our customers can cut their energy consumption and/or increase application productivity. This contributes to lowering costs, as well as improving their carbon footprint.
In addition, we provide customers with environmental footprint information (including carbon emission data) which they can use for their own climate action plans. This is achieved by using lifecycle assessment (LCA) methodology and providing environmental product declarations (EPDs).