AkzoNobel (Posted 29.08.15)

International Standard Awarded for Efforts to Reduce Environmental Impact.

Award winning heating and cooling system designed to save £335,000 off annual energy bill and over 1,000 tonnes of paint waste materials recycled every year!

AkzoNobel Decorative Paints UK has been awarded the Carbon Trust Triple Standard, becoming one of the first companies to be recertified for all three Carbon Trust Standards for reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, waste and water usage.

The Carbon Trust requires organisations to measure, manage and reduce their carbon, water and waste. To achieve each of the standards, organisations need to demonstrate year on year reductions.

The Standard demonstrates AkzoNobel’s commitment to continually reducing its impact on the environment. The company now saves over 1000 tonnes of paint waste a year, nearly 15 per cent of its total waste footprint, by transforming waste from paint manufacturing into construction products, landscaping materials and landfill site capping.

AkzoNobel Decorative Paints UK has held the Carbon Trust Standard continuously since 2009 and this time achieved the highest Carbon Trust score in its sector for carbon management performance – demonstrating excellent management of carbon in day-to-day operations. In 2013, AkzoNobel became one of the first companies to achieve the triple crown of all 3 Carbon Trust Standards.

Other projects that contributed to the company’s success include:

·The Rainwater Harvesting System at our manufacturing plant in Prudhoe saves around 900,000 litres of water a year and has won a British Coatings Federation Sustainable Innovation Award.

·A new heating and cooling system at the Slough Headquarters, which aims to reduce energy consumption by 96 per cent and cuts the company’s total energy bill from £350,000 to £15,000 per year

·Trials with a Centrifuge at Slough Manufacturing site initiated in 2014 has led to a 70% reduction in waste paint sludge being removed from site.

·A drive to fully embed sustainability accross the organisation, comprising of a purpose built exhibition in our Slough headquarters together with an integrated employee training and engagement programme

Susan Kendall, Sustainability Director, UK & Ireland, AkzoNobel Decorative Paints, said:

“We put the environment at the heart of everything we do. Our sustainability strategy, Planet Possible, is designed to secure more value from fewer resources.

“Our teams are always challenging, questioning and innovating to ensure we do more, while using less, right across the business.

“It’s fantastic to have the international recognition of the Carbon Trust for our efforts. We plan to continue doing bigger and better things to reduce our greenhouse emissions, waste and water usage.”

Darran Messem, Managing Director for Carbon Trust Certification, said;

“AkzoNobel has for many years demonstrated a clear commitment to becoming a more sustainable business, which resulted in the company becoming one of the first organisations to achieve certification to the Carbon Trust Standard for carbon, water and waste two years ago, making real reductions in all three resources year-on-year.

“We are now delighted to award recertification to AkzoNobel for continuing to make ongoing improvements and I would like to congratulate everyone in the business that has helped to accomplish this.”