Reducing Our Carbon Footprint
Climate protection is an integral part of our business objectives. Early in 2009, the Board of Management approved the company’s Carbon Policy, including 2015 and 2020 improvement targets and ambition levels. We continue to focus on improving the energy efficiency and managing the fuel mix of our energy intensive businesses to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and potential carbon costs. We are also committed to reducing the impact of our raw materials and developing solutions that help our customers to reduce their energy requirements.
Our framework for measuring the carbon footprint of products and facilities is based on the international Greenhouse Gas Protocol and lifecycle analysis. It was tested with the World Resources Institute and several Dutch NGOs.
During 2009, our businesses identified and assessed the cradle-to-gate carbon footprint of key value chains in order to understand the high carbon areas where improvements will deliver financial and environmental benefits.
Currently, our carbon footprint includes about 35% of the product life span. We are, however, already taking the next step forward and preparing to extend our carbon footprint to the cradle-to-grave scope. This will capture the entire Life Cycle Assessment of all our products.