AkzoNobel commits to carbon neutrality by 2050

Sarah Carter
Sarah Carter

28 March 2017

AkzoNobel has become the first marine paint and coatings manufacturer to pledge to become carbon neutral and use 100% renewable energy by 2050.

The company has been among the global leaders in sustainability for more than a decade, and this new goal confirms AkzoNobel’s belief that sustainability is business and business is sustainability.

“Our ambition to eliminate carbon emissions and use 100% renewable energy by 2050 demonstrates our clear and unwavering commitment to sustainability,” explained CEO Ton Büchner.

Ton added: “We continue to identify areas of opportunity which will drive us forward and help reduce our industry’s dependence on fossil fuels. This new vision for 2050 will propel us further along that path, while enabling us to make a measurable contribution to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.”

AkzoNobel’s share of renewable energy currently stands at 40%, with almost half the company’s sites around the world having improved their energy footprint in 2016. The intention now is to increase the momentum which has already been created by the company’s Planet Possible sustainability agenda.

This will include charting a path towards zero carbon emissions and 100% use of renewable energy, and continuing to offer innovative products and services that enable customers to reduce their energy use and carbon impact.