People. Planet. Paint. Powering our sustainability journey

By Rinske van Heiningen, Director of Sustainability

At AkzoNobel we have been passionate about sustainability for decades. It’s brought us to where we are today – at the forefront of sustainability in the paints and coatings industry. And because we take that responsibility very seriously, we have intensified our commitment by announcing the first in a series of challenging sustainability ambitions to help us accelerate towards zero waste and cut carbon emissions in half by 2030.

By turning our ambitions into actions, by innovating and creating a better world for future generations, we’re harnessing our passion for paint to make a positive contribution to the lives of the communities we operate in and ensure that we remain the reference in the industry.

The two key ambitions and their related targets are the first in a wave of measures and focus on the “Planet” pillar of our People. Planet. Paint. approach to sustainability.

Reduce carbon emissions by 50%* by 2030

  • 30% reduction in energy use by 2030 (2025: 15%)
  • 100% renewable electricity use by 2030 (2025: >50%)

Towards a zero-waste company

  • Zero non-reusable waste by 2030 (2025: 25%)
  • 100% water reuse at the company’s most water intensive sites by 2030: (2025: 50%)

*Baseline 2018 and no offsetting


Our ambitions are realistic, deliverable and science-based, ensuring that we’ll continue to make an important contribution to addressing the sustainability challenges faced by our company, customers and broader society. As a global company, we also actively contribute to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Our achievements

AkzoNobel is already making strong progress with its long-standing commitment to sustainability. The company is on track to have zero waste to landfill by the end of 2020, while renewable electricity is already in use at 33 locations in eight countries.

Solar panels have also been installed at 14 locations. In addition, AkzoNobel has reduced waste by 40% in the last eight years, while total VOC emissions fell by 24% in 2019.

I have to say, we’re all really energized about this latest phase of our sustainability journey. It’s about integrating sustainability in everything we do, because that’s the best commitment you can make to make sustainability happen.

I look forward to sharing our “People” and “Paint” ambitions with you during the course of the year.

Rinske van Heiningen, Director of Sustainability