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Treading carefully

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Carbon footprints, climate change and renewable energy. It’s almost impossible to read a newspaper without at least one of them being mentioned. For good reason. The planet is in danger and it can only be saved if mankind embraces sustainability and everyone starts taking decisive action. At AkzoNobel Industrial Chemicals, the work has already begun.

The final touches are being put on an integral Carbon Policy which was developed during 2008 and is due to be introduced in 2009. Designed to meet established international standards (including ISO 14064 and the Greenhouse Gas Protocol) it underlines the business’ ongoing commitment to both reducing its impact on the environment and supplying products that make a positive contribution to society.

Drawing up the Carbon Policy has included defining a carbon footprint from cradle to gate for all the business’ products, information which may feature in future product data sheets. A list of potential mitigation options was also compiled which identified around 50 possible projects targeting carbon abatement. These were analyzed for their abatement potential and required investment and have subsequently been prioritized.

Operating an effective Carbon Policy will also prove valuable when setting priorities in the research, development and innovation portfolio and it can be used as an additional tool in supporting investment decisions. With carbon likely to be priced along the value chain once some form of carbon pricing is introduced, AkzoNobel Industrial Chemicals is keen to ensure that CO2 emissions are considered all the way from suppliers through to the handover to their customers.

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