Our solutions to combat climate change

Saint-Gobain promotes sustainable buildings and develops innovative solutions in construction and renovation to foster the development of energy-saving, comfortable, healthy and attractively-designed buildings, while conserving natural resources.

Saint-Gobain demonstrates in this way that the users' desire for comfort and a virtuous societal and environmental approach can be mutually beneficial.

Saint-Gobain proposes solutions that enable its customers to reduce their energy consumption and the associated greenhouse gas emissions.

Saint-Gobain's insulating glazing and thermal insulation solutions help reduce CO2 emissions in the building sector.

Thus, thanks to the Saint-Gobain solutions installed in buildings, the Group will contribute significantly to achieving the targets on which the World Green Building Council has undertaken to rally stakeholders by 2050:

  • "net zero carbon" new buildings;
  •  energy efficiency and deep renovation of the current stock.

To highlight this contribution, Saint-Gobain has co-developed with EY's Sustainable Performance & Transformation department a methodology1 for estimating the greenhouse gas emissions avoided by using these insulation solutions2 in Europe3. After 3 months' use on average, these solutions offset the emissions related to their production4.

Beyond these three months, the savings continue to accumulate. It is reckoned that the solutions produced and sold in Europe in 2014 will generate, over their whole life5, an aggregated net potential avoidance of more than 550 Mt CO2 eq. This amount corresponds to approximately 90 times the Group's greenhouse gas emissions in 2014 over the same geographic scope. By extrapolation, the ratio calculated is similar over a global perimeter.

Around one billion tons of CO2 emissions would be avoided over their useful life by the Group's insulation solutions produced and sold in 2014.

1A reference framework detailing this methodology is available upon request.

2Thermal insulation (glass wool, stone wool and EPS) and insulating glazing (coated double and triple glazing).

3European Union of 28, Norway, Switzerland.

4By "emissions related to their production", this means emissions related to the whole life cycle (from raw material extraction to end-of-life disposal, including manufacturing, transportation and use).

530 years for insulating glazing and 50 years for thermal insulation solutions