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Sustainability

Sustainability is gaining prominence in response to the acceleration of global warming and increasing environmental concerns regarding plastic usage. Consequently, two predominant trends in our markets are decarbonization and the circular economy, and Saint-Gobain Industrial & Consumer Solutions (ICS) is actively working to address these issues.

Our Sustainability Journey

In 2023, Saint-Gobain Industrial & Consumer Solutions initiated an internal project aimed at precisely outlining our sustainability roadmap in alignment with market demands and priorities.

We are committed to providing innovative solutions that not only deliver maximum value to our customers but also minimize our environmental impact.

Our dedicated team is fully prepared to address any sustainability-related inquiries.

Akron, OH
Sustainability Spotlight

Everyday, our employees engage in activities to reduce the carbon footprint of our manufacturing facilities. Committed employees like Emily Ambrose, an Environment, Health and Safety Manager in Akron, Ohio. With a passion for sustainability, Emily works tirelessly to reduce the site's energy usage, recycle waste, and close the loop on water usage.

Energy & Carbon Emission

There are three scopes that represent distinct categories of emissions that must be addressed to reduce carbon footprint and contribute to a more sustainable future. For Saint-Gobain ICS, our Scope 1 is relatively low compared to Scope 2 and Scope 3—however, improvements are being made in each category.

Scope 1

Covers direct emissions from owned or controlled sources, such as emissions associated with fuel combustion in boilers, furnaces, and vehicles.

Scope 2

Covers indirect emissions from the generation of purchased electricity, steam, heating, and cooling consumed by the reporting company.

Scope 3

Includes all other indirect emissions that occur in a company’s value chain.

Scope Reduction Examples
Scope 2
  1. Saint-Gobain North America (United States and Canada) has entered into two virtual power purchase agreements (vPPA) in 2020 (Invenergy) and 2022 (TotalEnergies) totaling 320 megawatts (MW) of green electricity. The two projects combined are expected to represent a 62% reduction in Saint-Gobain North America’s scope 2 emissions over the next 10 years, effective. The second PPA will be active as of end 2024.
     
  2. Our Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Isofluor site, located in Neuss, Germany, is benefiting from a framework agreement for Germany and Austria to purchase 100% green electricity. The building is heated with geothermal energy.
Scope 3
  1. Saint-Gobain ICS has begun quantifying the broader emissions related to the life cycle of its products and services. We aim to provide accurate and thorough emissions data in support of our customers’ carbon accounting requirements.
     
  2. In 2023, Saint-Gobain ICS launched new initiatives to maximize the re-use of materials, when it’s possible, while ensuring the exact same performances for our customers.
     
  3. Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics France and ZenRide associate to propose a solution of rental bikes to their employees to reduce CO2 emissions due to employee commuting.
     
  4. Saint-Gobain ICS is localizing our production sites, which will help to reduce the footprint coming from transportation, among other benefits. Recently, new extrusion lines have been installed at our Saint-Quentin Fallavier, France site to serve the European market with Tygon® products.
Waste Management

To pursue our commitment on waste, recycling partnerships are in place for our silicone scraps in some of our North American and European plants. The partner recovers and collects scraps to recycle silicone into oil. For one of the sites, it then becomes raw material for other Saint-Gobain affiliates in the construction industry. 

Water Management

To reduce our environmental footprint, we are committed to achieving the objectives of 50% reduction of industrial water withdrawal and zero water discharge in areas with extremely high-water risk. As an example, most of our factories are using recirculation systems to minimize their impact on water consumption, which helps reduce hundreds of thousands of cubic meters per year and per site, on average.

Raise Awareness

To raise awareness on sustainability among our employees, Saint-Gobain Industrial & Consumer Solutions rolled out Climate Fresk, a collaborative and recreational workshop enabling people to understand the effects of the human activities on the climate change. 20% of our employees will be trained by the end of 2023 and our goal is to reach 80% by 2025.

Saint-Gobain ICS intends to explore eco-innovation in our product development for weight optimization, reduced packaging, extended shelf life, and so many other paths to promote sustainability in the future.

100% Pre-Consumer Recycled Tubing
Versilon™ ReVive

Introducing Versilon ReVive, the 100% pre-consumer recycled tubing designed to meet your specific fluid management application needs. It's where sustainability meets quality and performance. 

Learn more in this video.

We take an innovative approach to developing concrete initiatives with our customers, such as collaborative projects on environmental performance. From easing carbon accountability and providing transparency on our products, to detailing our CSR approach among others, we are ready to identify common initiatives to launch collaboratively.

Contact us to learn more about our sustainability efforts or for information on a specific project linked to sustainability.

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