Adds AkzoNobel’s Director of Sustainability, Rinske van Heiningen: “The ambitions we’ve set are realistic and deliverable and will enable us to continue making an important contribution to addressing the sustainability challenges faced by our company, customers and broader society. As a global company, we’re also actively contributing to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.”
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 and eight countries. Solar panels have also been installed at 14 locations. In addition, AkzoNobel has reduced its waste by 40% in the last eight years, while total VOC emissions fell by 24% in 2019.
Continues Van Heiningen: “Ongoing efforts to integrate sustainability into everything we do has been boosted by the recent introduction of People. Planet. Paint. – a new, down-to-earth approach which makes sustainability a daily priority. It’s about focusing on the things we can truly influence. Through our sustainable solutions and processes, we are delivering tangible benefits for our customers, society, the environment and our business, enhancing our position as the sustainability leader in the paints and coatings industry.”
2030 ambitions in more detail:
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%)
- Reuse water at 100% of our water intensive sites by 2030.
*Baseline 2018 and no offsetting
Ambitions related to “People” and “Paint” will follow in due course.
AkzoNobel has a passion for paint. We’re experts in the proud craft of making paints and coatings, setting the standard in color and protection since 1792. Our world class portfolio of brands – including Dulux, International, Sikkens and Interpon – is trusted by customers around the globe. Headquartered in the Netherlands, we are active in over 150 countries and employ around 33,000 talented people who are passionate about delivering the high-performance products and services our customers expect.