Acting with ambitious mitigation plans
Reducing our own carbon emissions
Our “Planet” ambitions demonstrate our strong commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, protect water resources and make our company resilient for the future.
In line with the 1.5°C pathway, our end goal is to become carbon neutral by 2050. To achieve this, we’re turning ambitions into actions by committing to cut carbon emissions in half by 2030. We’ll achieve this by:
· Using 100% renewable electricity
· Reducing our energy consumption by 30%
In total, 34 of our locations and 12 countries now use 100% renewable electricity. We’ve also installed solar panels at 14 facilities, with more projects underway to increase the share of solar energy. This underlines how sustainability has become a daily strategy for us and shows how we’re constantly taking action to minimize our environmental impact.
Supporting our customers in reducing carbon emissions
We continue to offer our customers, and their customers, 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 in developing products and technologies that are helping to create more green buildings, our product innovations can play a vital role 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, energy 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 keep interior temperatures up to 5°C cooler, thereby 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 out up to 16 hours of drying time. The coating system can help to save on production time and energy costs, while providing leading performance. In additions, because the product range produces zero emissions and requires no mixing, it makes the production process more sustainable. Another important factor for many of our large-scale customers.
Low-E energy efficient range: Contributing to lower costs and improving customers’ ecological footprint
The Low-E collection from our Powder Coatings business is designed to reduce the curing temperature or curing time, without sacrificing the quality or properties of the coating. By using this range of products, our customers can reduce their energy consumption and/or increase the productivity of their application process. This contributes to lowering costs, as well as improving their carbon footprint.
In addition, we provide customers with environmental footprint (including carbon emission) information, 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).