The Netherlands: Sustainability Akzo Nobel Plans to Be Carbon Neutral by 2050

Editor: Alexander Stark

Akzo Nobel has announced plans to use 100 % renewable energy and become carbon neutral by 2050.

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Akzo Nobel Centre in Amsterdam
Akzo Nobel Centre in Amsterdam
(Source: Akzo Nobel)

Amsterdam/The Netherlands — According to the company, their 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 as part of the company's Planet Possible sustainability agenda. This will include charting a path towards zero carbon emissions and 100 % use of renewable energy, and to offer products and services that enable customers to reduce their energy use and carbon impact.

"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. "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."

"The year 2050 represents the final destination on a journey which has already seen us make great progress," said Akzo Nobel's Corporate Director of Sustainability, André Veneman. "So this is about successfully using sustainability as a driver for innovation, new technologies, new partnerships and new service models, which will ultimately lead to market transition. Continued Veneman: "Our pathway to renewable energy means going beyond the immediate business, working with others to create a wider change in society. That's the pathway we want to speed up. Partnerships will play a key role and we are at the forefront of working together with others to help the world move towards renewable energy quicker."

Akzo Nobel is involved in several ongoing sustainability partnerships, notably in the Netherlands. These include sourcing energy from two new wind parks, switching from gas to sustainably generated steam to provide energy for chemicals production and investigating the possible launch of a waste-to-chemicals factory.