Limiting emissions into the air
Saint-Gobain is constantly striving to improve its industrial processes to limit air pollution, particularly emissions of CO2. The Group however only emits marginal quantities of CO2, since this represents less than 0.3% of the quotas allocated in Europe.
Le Bilan Carbone carbon assessment
To gain a more thorough understanding of our greenhouse gas emissions, several Group companies-including Saint-Gobain Isover and Saint-Gobain Eurocoustic-carried out a carbon assessment in 2009. Known in France as Le Bilan Carbone, these assessments helpcompanies identify where their CO2 emissions are coming fromso as to reduce them as much as possible.
Reducing emissions from kilns
To improve the environmental performance of glass fusion processes, an innovative project has been launched to develop groundbreaking technologies for saving energy, reducing CO2 emissions, recycling products and waste, optimising combustion to reduce nitrous oxide emissions and processing fumes. The Group is also being proactive in reducing dust emissions via investments in electro-filters or envelope filters, depending on the type of kiln.
Reducing transport-related CO2 emissions
Saint-Gobain has developed a policy of decentralising its sites, bringing them closer to its customers so that transport distances can be reduced. Furthermore, Saint-Gobain Purchasing has implemented a "Responsible Purchasing" approach which makes a priority out of reducing transport-related CO2 emissions.
CO2 emissions and energy consumption at our office buildings
Because energy-efficient buildings play an extremely important role in any strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, we have pledged to achieve a fourfold reduction in overall energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions at our office buildings by 2040 as part of the Company Actions for the Reduction of Energy by 4, or Care4® project.