AkzoNobel Announces New Sustainability Targets


Global coatings company AkzoNobel released earlier this week what it’s calling “the first in a series of ambitions” that are looking at the company’s fresh focus on achieving zero waste and cutting carbon emissions in half by 2030.

The two key ambitions and their related targets are the first in a wave of measures and focus on the “planet” element of the company’s new “People. Planet. Paint.” approach to sustainability, the company says.

“AkzoNobel is [a] sustainability leader in the paints and coatings industry and achieving our ambition to be carbon neutral and a zero waste company by 2030 will ensure that we remain the reference in the sector,” says AkzoNobel CEO, Thierry Vanlancker.

“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.”

Targets for 2030 include:

  • 30% reduction in energy use;
  • 100% renewable electricity;
  • Reduce carbon emissions by 50%;
  • 100% water reuse at the company’s most water intensive sites; and
  • Zero non-reusable waste.

The company is currently 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, and the company has reduced its waste by 40% in the last eight years, while total VOC emissions fell by 24% in 2019.

“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,” said AkzoNobel’s Director of Sustainability, Rinske van Heiningen.

“As a global company, we’re also actively contributing to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.”


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