Inventing tomorrow’s solutions

At Saint-Gobain, we believe that we have to work today on the solutions of tomorrow. We want to be at the forefront when it comes to innovative sustainable solutions and we are ready to [co]develop the next generation of solutions.

Reduced impact from our operations

We have taken strong commitments, and associated actions, to reduce the environmental impact associated with our operations. In particular we focus on reducing our carbon footprint and building a more Circular Economy.

We are committed to reduce our energy consumption by 15% and our CO2 emissions by 20%, by 2025*.

To support that transition, we have put in place an internal carbon pricing aimed at accelerating the transition towards low-carbon technologies within our operations.

In the Nordics, Saint-Gobain Businesses have taken the decision to switch electricity supply to Green Electricity from 2018. It will help us significantly cut our CO2 emissions, leading to a reduction of our impact of around 40,000 tons of CO2

In Denmark, we have been investing 110 million DKK for a major biomass facility at our LECA Hinge plant. The facility will make the plant more competitive and more sustainable.

We are also committed to reduce by 50% the amount of non-recovered waste we generate and by 80% the water we discharge in liquid form, by 2025 compared to 2010.

As an example, our Gyproc plants incorporate more and more recycled gypsum into the processes thanks to the strong commitment of our industrial teams. Our plant in Kalundborg is part of an industrial symbiosis which has received the WIN WIN Gothenburg Sustainability Award.

* At iso-production for the concerned perimeter, baseline 2010.

Eco-Innovation

Our ambition is to bring differentiating value to our customers by developing innovative sustainable solutions that are having a better impact on People and Planet.

When developing a new construction product, we consider its entire life-cycle, from the extraction of raw materials to its end of life and recycling

We focus on reducing the environmental and health impacts of our solutions and improving the sustainability benefits they bring to our customers.

Finally, we adopt a multi-criteria approach considering both environmental and heath aspects.

In this context, we have developed our own Eco-Innovation approach and associated toolbox. So far, more than 650 people have been trained worldwide.

In the Nordics, our first training was held in early 2015 and we have since then continued to work.  In the last months we have prioritized sustainability as a key part of our Nordic Innovation Hub: through the use of a digital innovation platform to gather ideas, by empowering local sustainability experts and organizing workshops and pilot projects.

SCORE, Sustainability at the core of our business

We have developed a robust and innovative tool to assess the sustainability performance of our construction products.

This methodology evaluates the lifecycle performance of a product over 5 categories - Energy & Climate, Health, Circularity, Water and Local Value Creation – and 21 indicators. For example, we consider the carbon footprint of the product, its recycled content or its VOC emissions.

The Nordic region has been the first Saint-Gobain Delegation to test and deploy the methodology. In Sweden, we have been able to SCORE our portfolio of construction products and use the results to foster Eco-Innovation. Following this first positive outcome we are now progressively deploying SCORE in the other Nordics countries.

Internally, SCORE is a powerful tool to share the sustainability knowledge within our organization, beyond the expert circles. Marketing, R&D, and the management have now easy access to the sustainability profile of each product and can use it in their decision making process.

We also believe it is a good basis for discussion and collaboration with our stakeholders across the building value chain. 

To learn more about SCORE, do not hesitate to visit the dedicated webpage or associated video.

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