Because the majority part of our carbon footprint comes from Scope 3 in our value chain, we’re constantly developing new solutions to reduce the carbon in our products, including upstream improvements and helping customers to reduce energy consumption in our downstream applications.
Replacing fossil-based raw materials with bio-based or other renewable materials helps to reduce the embodied carbon in our products. By moving a significant part of our portfolio to water-based technology, we can also limit the use of solvents and therefore the carbon emitted from these products.
With stronger requirements for low VOC containing products in our marine market we have launched in 2020 new low VOC, high solids, products including our Intergard 9700 ballast tank coating and the new Interthane 990E Polyurethane Finish.
There’s also been a growing focus from our customers to reduce their own carbon footprint. We can support them by offering solutions that help improve the energy efficiency of their manufacturing processes and end products.
We have launched new RUBBOL® 100% UV range from Sikkens Wood Coatings in the window market offering improved productivity and reduction in energy usage. More information: First 100% UV cured wood coatings open window of opportunity for AkzoNobel.
With the acquisition of Stahl Industries in 2020, we have enlarged our leading portfolio of energy saving low bake powder coatings offering energy savings and productivity improvements for our customers and opening new substrate applications for our powder coating technology. More information: AkzoNobel gains unique low cure technology with acquisition of Stahl’s powder activities.
Our Interpon D2525 Eco and KeepCool technology is capable to keep buildings cooler, which can make an important contribution to reducing the urban heat island effect.