Resource productivity

We launched the Resource Productivity program as a key accelerator to deliver on our sustainability objectives and contribute to the company’s Winning together: 15 by 20 strategy.

The program aims to maximize raw material and process efficiency, eliminate waste and drive energy, and reduction across the whole integrated supply chain (ISC).

As well as reducing the environmental footprint of our activities, resource productivity contributes to business performance by driving continuous improvement and reducing operating costs.

We use our company-wide continuous improvement program (AkzoNobel Leading Performance System) to drive the environmental agenda. We continuously measure and report our performance on a range of environmental and financial indicators. The three key indicators are: waste, energy use and VOC emissions, for which targets are set. We deliver on our targets thanks to a wide range of improvement projects introduced as part of the Resource Productivity program. These projects (currently more than 500) are monitored monthly to assess progress with regard to environmental impact and financial benefits. Savings achieved total more than €20 million.

We’ve increased our focus on material efficiency and are maximizing the conversion of raw materials into final product by optimizing raw material use and solving the root cause of material losses, reducing the amount of waste and waste water generated, as well as reducing the carbon footprint. It also contributes to reduced manufacturing costs.

Carbon footprint

The carbon footprint of a product is the total amount of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions caused during a defined period of the product lifecycle. It is expressed in terms of the amount of carbon dioxide equivalents CO2(e) emitted.


Volatile organic compounds.


AkzoNobel Leading Performance System, a company-wide continuous improvement program.