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This chapter shows our sustainability performance and improvement activities to reduce our impact across the value chain. Our ambition is to achieve top quartile eco-efficiency improvement rates compared with peer companies. Current top quartile definition is based on our own operations (see Environment chapter in this section).

Lifecycle thinking is the basis for all our sustainability work. It is included in many of our processes, including:

  • Product development
    The eco-premium solutions concept includes sustainability aspects along the value chain. It encourages the development of more innovative, sustainable products. We aspire to achieve zero environmental footprint across our value chain with our products
  • Eco-premium assessment
    We use lifecycle assessments to review the environmental and ecological aspects of products. This data is used in the annual eco-premium solution assessment
  • Investment decisions
    Since 2008, it has been mandatory to include an eco-efficiency assessment for investment proposals exceeding €5 million
  • Carbon footprint assessment
    We measure the carbon footprint of all our key value chains (366 in 2012) using a full cradle-to-grave, or screening, lifecycle assessment

Eco-Efficiency Analysis (EEA) is our standard assessment method, based on a combination of lifecycle assessments and lifecycle costing. Assessment work is carried out by business and corporate specialists and based on a corporate lifecycle assessment database.

AkzoNobel carbon footprint in Mton CO2(e)

The product lifecycle (graphic)

AkzoNobel product related carbon footprint based on 366 key value chains: includes emissions of six main greenhouse gases. In the use phase there are also 3 Mton CO2(e) emissions due to VOCs. Excludes non-product categories, e.g. employee travel, capital, investments.

Key performance indicators – value chain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ambition

 

Ambition

 

Ambition

 

 

2009

 

2010

 

2011

 

2012

 

2012

 

2013

 

2015

1

2010, 2011 figures restated, see Note 11.

2

Non-product related.

3

Product related (raw materials and packaging).

Carbon footprint cradle-to-gate/per ton of product
(% reduction from 2009)

 

 

21

 

31

 

3

 

5

 

5

 

10

Products

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eco-premium solutions
(% of revenue)

 

18

 

21

 

22

 

22

 

23

 

25

 

30

VOC in product
(% reduction from 2009)

 

 

<5

 

6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Raw materials and suppliers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Raw materials suppliers Vendor Policy signed (% of spend)

 

85

 

91

 

95

 

97

 

96

 

96

 

96

NPR2 suppliers Vendor Policy signed (% of spend)

 

 

 

57

 

77

 

80

 

80

 

80

 

80

Suppliers on SSV program since 2007

 

185

 

266

 

304

 

373

 

 

 

Critical spend covered by supplier management framework (% of PR3 spend in high growth markets)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

80

 

 

Own operations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sustainable fresh water management (% of manufacturing sites)

 

38

 

48

 

74

 

83

 

70

 

80

 

100

Operational eco-efficiency footprint measure (% reduction from 2009)

 

 

7

 

11

 

13

 

15

 

20

 

30

Greenhouse gas emissions per unit of production

 

272

 

267

 

256

 

257

 

 

 

 

 

245

Carbon footprint own operations (Mton)

 

4.7

 

5.2

 

4.8

 

4.7

 

 

 

<4.6

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