Preserving natural resources

Saint-Gobain develops innovative solutions for the construction and renovation of energy-saving, comfortable, healthy and attractively-designed buildings, while conserving natural resources.

An eco-innovation approach based on Life Cycle Analysis (LCA)

As part of its Sustainable Habitat strategy, Saint-Gobain wishes to bring its customers and all stakeholders on habitat markets real add value. To do that, the Groupe develops and distributes innovative solutions that help reduce the environmental impact of buildings and infrastructure over their life cycle while providing comfort, health and well-being to users.

In order to reduce the environmental impact of their solutions, especially CO2 emissions and consumption of natural resources, the Group's Activities work on all stages of their life cycle, from the choice of raw materials to the end-of-life stage of products, including the stage of use. They can take support from the Group's eco-innovation approach and the associated tool box.

A solution is considered eco-innovative for the Groupe if:

  • it helps reduce the impacts of the building or infrastructure during implementation

and/or

  • it has a reduced environmental impact over its whole life cycle, from raw material extraction through to end-of-life disposal.

This eco-innovation approach is based on using Life Cycle Analyses (LCA) to quantify the environmental impacts of a solution at every stage of its life cycle.

Circular economy

Saint-Gobain promotes the vision of responsible building and develops innovative solutions to preserve natural resources.

Proposing solutions in response to the scarcity of resources constitutes an opportunity for Saint-Gobain to create value and make more of a difference.

Concerning the circular economy and the management of job-site waste, the Group has declared strong ambitions by 2025 for the building sector by proposing "virtually zero" job-site waste landfilled.

The Group joins in the debate on the circular economy and has reiterated its support for a strong ambition for the building sector. Saint-Gobain has been actively involved in France in the AFEP working party on the circular economy that drafted a report and recommendations presented during the COP21.

Internally, pilot projects emerge locally and cross-business working groups are initiated to identify potential resources or recycling channels. The Group's R&D department implemented in January 2014 a cross-business program on recycling end-of-life waste that is notably aimed at studying innovation leads for optimizing the use of resources.

Drafted in 2015, the sustainable management of resources policy aims to promote reducing the impact of using resources and their effective management to foster the transition towards the circular economy.