Chemicals company Stahl has reduced greenhouse gas emissions and increased its commitment to chemical compliance, as highlighted in its 2019 Environment, Social & Governance (ESG) report. As reported by Leatherbiz.
It has, for the first time, adopted the commonly used ESG terminology to assess the specific actions that it has taken on Corporate Social Responsibility highlighted which of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) it believes it can make the greatest impact.
The reports also includes information on the Responsible Chemistry initiative, which uses “low impact manufacturing chemicals, biotechnology and contributes to circularity”.
Stahl has reduced its CO2 emissions by 25% since 2015. Switching to renewable energy at European sites and investing in long-term energy efficiency equipment have been key contributors in this achievement. It the company introduced the Road to Zero (R20) safety awareness campaign and recorded a drop in the frequency of total recorded injuries. It also received certification for its leather portfolio (1,200 products) in the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals Gateway.
Stahl CEO Huub van Beijeren said: “Climate change is the defining issue of our time and Stahl fully recognises the need to continuously reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. In 2019 we met our 5-year target (10% reduction) and reduced 25% compared to 2015 in CO2 emissions, but there is still much more to do.
“We are investing in renewable on-site energy generation(solar panels), we have stepped-up the research and commercialization of our renewable carbon technologies, and we continue to limit the use of plastic packaging throughout our offices and manufacturing sites.
“Last year was a challenging year and we emerged from it stronger than ever. This year started with an even bigger global challenge that impacts every person: the coronavirus. Indeed the industry will always face new challenges but Stahl will continue to view them as an opportunity, to take action and create a better future.”
The report is available in two digital versions (full report & highlights) and a limited-run print version.