Climate and environment

Reducing our impact

At Beckers, we set high goals on our environmental performance, continuously exploring new opportunities for energy management and resource efficiency. We also believe it is important to understand the extent of our contribution to climate change and identify related risks and opportunities.


Addressing climate change

Climate change is one of the focus areas in our sustainability strategy and we systematically work to reduce our carbon emissions. Using the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, a greenhouse gas inventory analysis at our facilities, we have determined that the biggest sources of emissions at our company are:

  • inbound and outbound third-party transportation
  • heating, cooling and electricity consumption
  • emissions from operations (VOC)
  • business travel

 

Carbon emissions by activity, %


carbon emission by activity 

So far we have reduced the absolute CO2 emissions from our own operations by 12%. This reduction comes mainly from our shift towards the use of renewable energy at our sites. Alongside this, following the implementation of our new travel policy, we have also cut our business travel emissions. For further details on our climate assessment please see our Climate Assessment for 2017. 

Climate Assessment

We also continue to measure and target VOC emission from all our production sites. Thanks to a combination of activities such as low-solvent cleaning systems, solvent recirculation and on-site distillation we have had a constant level of emissions per ton of product over the last years. However, while we brought emissions down, we are keeping efforts up to ensure an even more sustainable future.

 

VOC intensity

 

Reducing waste

Reducing the waste associated with the production and sale of our products remains a key area of focus. As part of our mission to become the world’s most sustainable coatings manufacturer, our integrated and structured approach tackles all aspects of waste reduction – from product and packaging design through to coming up with innovative ways to ensure that any waste produced is either re-used or responsibly disposed of.

Year-on-year results show that the amount of waste per ton of paint produced is decreasing. The reasons are several: better planning, not overproducing, introducing storage tanks for incoming raw materials, reuse of packaging materials, cryogenic technology, recirculating cleaning solvent and reusing obsolete paint.

In 2017, we were able to quantify our reused waste for the first time. This new area of reporting is required as per the GRI standards.

 

total waste ton 

Prior to 2017, we did not measure our reused waste stream. Reuse waste has now been added to our total waste output, which is illustrated by the yellow fraction in the graphs.

To find out more about our performance on waste, please see the GRI appendix or read the 2017 Sustainability Report.

GRI appendix    Sustainability Report

 

Conserving energy

Energy intensity measured as energy used per ton of coatings produced is one of our pivotal environmental KPIs.

Since we started measuring our energy use, we have shown a consistent increase in the fraction of renewable energy consumption from the total energy we use. We aim to further this trend in the coming years, continuing the transition to renewable energy across our business. In 2017, we completed the installation of 300 solar panels on the roof of our manufacturing building at our Malaysia site. According to a report from the local electricity board, the solar panels are saving about 10% from the total cost of our electricity.

Since 2013, we have also been able to continually reduce our energy intensity per ton of product produced.

 

Energy Intensity

Renewable energy of total

 

To find out more about our energy performance, please read the 2017 Sustainability Report.

Sustainability Report

 

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