Our sustainability approach

Since long an industry leader in sustainability, we take pride in improving our environmental impact and maximizing our positive societal impact.

We work in alignment with the UN Paris Climate Agreement and we contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals through our operations, supply chain, products, and initiatives.

On a daily basis we strive to do more with less, reducing carbon emissions through a combination of improved energy efficiency, increased use of renewable energy, and higher use of bio-based raw materials in production. Downstream, we focus on expanding our portfolio of eco-premium products, which have a significant sustainability benefit over common alternatives.

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We see sustainability not just as the right thing to do, but as a true business opportunity that delivers value to everyone involved. 

€1.7 billion

revenue from eco-premium products


use of renewable energy

100,000 tons

Reduced CO2 emissions in our own operations by 100,000 tons in 2018

Our key focus areas

Sustainable business

We work together with customers, suppliers, and outside partners to develop sustainable business opportunities.

Sustainable innovations

We are creating more value for our customers by developing sustainable innovations that meet their needs. We are growing our revenue coming from products that are sustainable or offer customers clear sustainability benefits compared to commonly available alternatives.

Sustainable business

We are developing new sustainable businesses worldwide that create long term value. We are leveraging our knowledge, long term customer relationships, integrated value chains, and capabilities in public/private partnerships. We are building upon our existing technology platforms, pursuing innovations in biomass to chemistry, resource efficient polymer technologies, and green electrochemistry.

Related sustainable business projects

Household waste to chemicals

We are working with partners to develop an advanced facility to convert household waste to chemicals. 

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Environmental benefits with Elotex® redispersible polymers

Two of Nouryon's Chemicals’ Elotex® redispersible polymer powders have earned recognition for their environmental benefits for customers in the flooring additives industry. 

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Sustainable PVC production

Our Continuous Initiator Dosing technology makes PVC production more affordable, safer, and more sustainable.

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Resource efficiency

We are increasing our resource efficiency to reduce our environmental impact and create more value from fewer resources.

Increasing energy efficiency and use of sustainable energy

We aim to reduce our cradle-to-grave Product Carbon Footprint per ton of sales in line with the Paris Climate Agreement target of an 80-95% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. We also strive to decouple economic value creation from resource constraints and environmental impact. We will monitor this by measuring our Resource Efficiency Index, which measures gross margin over carbon footprint compared to a 2012 baseline. 

We are increasing the energy efficiency of our operations, through continuous improvement of existing processes as well as adoption of innovative new processes and technologies. We increase our use of renewable energy by protecting our current renewable share, participating in cost-effective, large scale energy ventures and exploring commercially viable on-site renewable energy generation. The proportion of renewable energy use in our own operations is already over 45%. The world energy transition will bring opportunities and threats. We will use renewable energy to de-risk our supply chains and create new business opportunities.

Increasing use of bio-based raw materials

We have set 2025 targets on a range of operational eco-efficiency parameters, focusing on the contribution each of our businesses can make. One of the ways we’re doing this is by increasing the use of bio-based raw materials. These efforts benefit our business performance as well as the planet, as they simultaneously reduce operational costs, ensure our license to operate, and lower our environmental footprint.

Related resource efficiency projects

Improving the ecological footprint of every ton of chlorine produced

Our joint venture plant with Evonik improves the ecological footprint of chlorine production by 30%

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Partnering with Itaconix to develop products made from bio-based feedstocks

Being able to incorporate polymers made from renewable bio-based raw materials will give a significant sustainability advantage for our customers.

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With Photanol we are jointly developing technology to produce chemicals from CO2 and sunlight

A demonstration plant for a groundbreaking technology to produce chemicals from sunlight will be built at Delfzijl, the Netherlands together with partner firm Photanol BV.

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Engaged people and partners

We develop, listen to, and empower our employees, partners, and local communities to make our industry more sustainable in all dimensions.

Creating a diverse and inclusive workplace

We are a global company serving a large and diverse customer base through extensive international operations. We believe a diverse and inclusive workforce is essential to understanding our customers and achieving our ambitions. We aim to actively embrace diversity of thought and empower people to challenge each other to be more innovative and deliver better results.

Partnering with society

Partnerships accelerate our evolution into an even more sustainable business. We strive to be transparent towards our stakeholders and involved in the communities we operate in. We engage with external stakeholders and partners to build capability and momentum to support the transition towards a sustainable economy. We believe that our partnerships enable us to have an impact on creating economic, environmental, and social value, thereby contributing to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Related collaborative partnership projects

Safer Choice Partner of the Year

Named Safer Choice Partner of the Year 2017 by the US EPA for our work developing safer products

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Partnering with DSM, Google, and Philips to source power from two new Dutch wind farms

By working together we are making a significant contribution to delivering on the Netherlands’ renewable energy target of 14% by 2020.

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Accelerating innovation in chemistry

Inviting startups, scale-ups, university spin-outs, and other partners to tackle chemistry-related challenges and uncover new ways to create value for customers.

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Even greater focus on... essential chemistry

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We are Nouryon

Your partner in essential chemistry
for a sustainable future

Markets worldwide rely on our essential chemistry in the manufacture of everyday products such as paper, plastics, building materials, food, pharmaceuticals, and personal care items. Building on our nearly 400-year history, the dedication of our 10,000 employees, and our shared commitment to business growth, strong financial performance, safety, sustainability, and innovation, we have established a world-class business and built strong partnerships with our customers. We operate in over 80 countries around the world and our portfolio of industry-leading brands includes Eka, Dissolvine, Trigonox, and Berol.