Our environmental and energy transition
Reducing CO2 emissions, switching energy sources, reindustrializing and relocating, and developing a “locavore” and less energy-intensive industry2: the COVID pandemic has, without doubt, been a catalyst for the environmental and energy transition, bringing changes to the relationship between environmental and economic issues. We are all involved in this transition : from upstream suppliers to our downstream clients, through production and the logistics chain. Our entire value chain is committed to lowering our environmental footprint.
All our suppliers are currently working on developing more sustainable products. The shortage of raw materials and supply difficulties, combined with rising energy costs, are fastening the search for alternative, more sustainable, cost-effective, and local solutions.
In our scope 1 and 2 emissions, we are taking actions to decarbonize our industrial processes. Our top priority is to consume less and more efficiently. Although these scopes account for less than 5% of our carbon footprint, they are a priority because we have the ability to take direct action. We are the only ones who can change and we must lead the project. In France, we have joined the Bpifrance Decarbonization Accelerator program to make further progress in this area even though 100% of French electricity contracts already come from renewable sources, primarily hydro. Internationally, we are implementing renewable energy contracts and energy conservation initiatives. The majority of our sites are in the process of converting to LED and/or are planning to have an insulation diagnosis. Photovoltaic panels are also installed at our California and Poland sites, and Canada primarily uses hydropower.
The search for more eco-friendly solutions for our clients is a true driver for innovation. We have already established ourselves as a niche leader in aeronautics due to our expertise in customized packaging of adhesives and chemical products. This knowledge allows us to deliver the exact ratio to reduce product waste. With the G-PACK project, we have now decided to go even further by launching new packaging research projects aimed at recovering containers, reusing them, upcycling them, and even developing compostable plant-based containers.
Working with our stakeholders
Concerns about decarbonization, upstream material quality, and end-product recyclability span the entire product life cycle.
Supporting our clients’ economic and energy transition drives our growth strategy. Some of them are also powerful catalysts for our own transformation. Schneider Electric, for example, encouraged us to join the Global Compact in 2012. After helping us develop a method for calculating our carbon impact, this global leader is now supporting us in ramping up our decarbonization efforts through the Zero Carbon project.
The environmental and energy transition victory will be a joint effort. We will succeed in implementing this approach together with all of our stakeholders.
At ADDEV Materials, we believe that the transition is everyone’s responsibility and that we must all work together to succeed. Regardless of business line, department, generation, and country, it is a key mobilizing factor. I believe in small steps, and each of us contributes to this collective goal at our own level in line with our purpose: “Converting industrial challenges into sustainable solutions.”