Faced with the challenge of climate change and the risks associated with the average increase in temperature, Saint-Gobain aims to promote the emergence of a low-carbon economy in the countries where it operates. In concrete terms, the objective is to help its customers reduce their CO2 emissions through the use of its products and solutions or by reducing the carbon impact of their production.
A STRATEGY BASED ON THE VISION OF A MORE SUSTAINABLE WORLD
At Saint-Gobain, we are working hard to help create an economy with as little environmental impact as possible. We are committed to reducing our CO2 emissions by 20%, our non-recycled waste by 50% and our industrial water discharges by 80% by 2025. We are committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050, in line with the + 1.5°C warming scenario and the recommendations of the latest climate studies. To this end, we have published a roadmap with an action plan and ambitious intermediate targets for reducing our emissions by 2030:
- 33% reduction in scope 1 and 2 emissions in absolute terms compared to a 2017 baseline
- 16% reduction in scope 3 emissions compared to 2017.Face à l’enjeu du changement climatique et aux risques liés à l’augmentation moyenne des températures, Saint-Gobain a l’ambition de favoriser l’émergence d’une économie bas-carbone dans les pays où il est présent. Concrètement, l’objectif est d’aider ses clients à réduire leurs émissions de CO2 grâce à l’utilisation de ses produits et ses solutions ou en réduisant l’impact carbone de leur production.
Major groups must be tireless advocates of responsible and sustainable development, aware that their size and global reach provide a rare platform to defend these values.
The reduction of the carbon impact of our solutions is based on three major axes:
- An internal carbon price to accelerate the transition to low-carbon technologies
- Innovation and R&D programs to coordinate and expand efforts to improve manufacturing processes, reduce energy consumption and ensure the transition to the use of low-carbon energy;
- Controlling Scope 3 in order to identify the main emission factors and reduce the overall impact of products.
TO LIMIT THE EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE
In the face of climate change and the risks associated with rising temperatures, Saint-Gobain must promote the emergence of a low-carbon economy capable of preserving the common good.
This means first of all providing a response directly to the heart of our businesses, by developing products and solutions that promote energy efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions.
We must also continue to reduce the carbon footprint of our production activities to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. To this end, a dedicated R&D program is coordinating and expanding efforts to improve manufacturing processes. Two internal carbon prices have been introduced (€75/tonne of eq. CO2 for investments, 150€/tonne for R&D projects) to encourage the use of low-carbon technologies.
Our group is committed to the climate, aware that this issue requires the cooperation of governments, businesses and civil society around a demanding international framework. In particular, we support the recommendations of the Task Force on Financial Disclosure (TCFD) and we have adhered to the Science-Based Targets (SBT) since 2018. We are positioning ourselves as a gas pedal of the deployment of sustainable construction through our participation in the Green Building Councils (GBC), a network of stakeholders acting to create sustainable buildings that limit the sector's impact on the environment.
Other environmental impacts
Our ambition is to ensure the preservation of the environment and to offer our clients the greatest added value with minimal environmental impact. We have therefore set ourselves two objectives: zero environmental accidents and the maximum reduction of the impact of our activities on the environment through our actions on five major issues
- A policy of sustainable resource management by minimizing production residues, reuse, and the integration of a maximum of recycled content in our products,
- A reduction in energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions from our industrial processes, infrastructure and transport through our industrial excellence programs (WCM), the involvement of all operators, the sharing of best practices, etc.
- Reducing water withdrawals to move towards "zero discharge" of industrial water, starting with water-stressed areas and ensuring that we do not compete with local populations' access to drinking water,
- Preserving, restoring, strengthening and enhancing the biodiversity of all our sites,
- Anticipating and dealing with risk factors related to environmental accidents and nuisances.
Our EHS charter and policy, as well as our water management and biodiversity policies, aim to limit the negative impact of our operations and products on the environment, while avoiding generating new negative impacts on other natural environments and/or other stakeholders.
- 2,412 GWh of renewable energy consumption in 2020 (purchased electricity, electricity produced on site and biomass)
- 31.5% reduction in water discharges in 2020, in line with the objective of an 80% reduction between 2010 and 2025