Our sustainability approach

We have long been an industry leader in sustainability and our commitment to sustainability remains unchanged going forward. We take pride in improving our environmental impact and maximizing our positive societal impact. We see sustainability not just as the right thing to do, but as a true business opportunity that delivers value to everyone involved. 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.

In 2017 we accomplished:

1.5 billion

revenue from eco-premium solutions

46%

proportion of renewable energy in own operations

20%

decrease in emission to air

Measuring our impact on human, social, and natural capital

A pioneering project that started in Nouryon’s bleaching chemicals operations in Brazil has shown how measuring the true impact of our operations on human, social, and natural capital can point to improvements that offer big sustainability benefits. Feature

Our key focus areas

Economic: Sustainable business
Environmental: Resource efficiency
Social: Engaged people and partners

Sustainable business

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

Developing 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.

Developing new sustainable businesses

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.

Resource efficiency

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

Reducing our footprint

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.

Reducing emissions of our own operations to land, air, and water

We have set 2025 targets on a range of operational eco-efficiency parameters, focusing on the contribution each of our businesses can make. 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.

Sustainable energy use

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.

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.

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We are Nouryon

Your partner in essential chemistry
for a sustainable future

Industries worldwide rely on our essential chemistry in the manufacture of everyday products such as paper, plastics, building materials, and personal care items. Building on the dedication of our employees and our shared commitment to safety, sustainability, and open 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.