Saint-Gobain colleagues in the UK and Ireland are joining 170,000 of the Group’s employees worldwide in recognition of the importance of environment, health and safety (EHS) to mark Saint-Gobain’s International EHS Day 2020.
In previous years, recognition of this annual event has taken on a different form, led by workshops, training and activities across our various sites. However, this year over 16,000 employees in the UK and Ireland are coming together virtually with online workshops and virtual content, as well as socially distanced activities in their sites and branches. The day is centred around the importance of EHS risk perception with activities focusing on the need for risk identification and prevention with the ethos that everyone can do something, both individually and collectively to help ensure that ‘here, everything will go well’.
This year the key themes of EHS Day in the UK and Ireland focus on our commitment to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, embedding good safety behaviours, and health and wellbeing as we adapt to new ways of working during the coronavirus pandemic.
Last year Saint-Gobain made a pledge committing ourselves to reach net-zero carbon emissions by no later than 2050 to help keep the global temperature increase within 1.5°C. In the UK and Ireland, we are currently working to review and reduce our carbon impact as a business, as well as the impact of the manufacture and distribution of our products and solutions, to achieve this before 2050.
We have interim targets set for 2025 as our first goals; they are: reducing our CO2 emissions by 20%, our water discharges by 80%, and our non-recovered waste by 50%. These commitments are in place for 2025 and will help make sure we are on the right path to achieve net-zero carbon by 2050.
We’ve already made progress to reduce our carbon emissions in the UK and Ireland, for example in our Saint-Gobain Glass and Saint-Gobain Insulation UK businesses, we’ve introduced heat mapping of the manufacturing process to reduce and recover waste heat, as if we use this heat, we need less energy to produce more. We’ve also increased the amount of recycled glass content in our products, meaning less energy to melt raw materials, and in British Gypsum we’ve invested in new plasterboard dryers to increase efficiency so that boards dry using less energy.
‘It’s been great to collaborate with our colleagues on EHS Day to discuss our zero-carbon roadmap and the ways in which we can all contribute individually at work and in our personal lives towards a zero-carbon future. I think that our new purpose, making the world a better home, summarises our role and commitment perfectly. Playing our part in meeting the climate challenge is essential to making the world a better home. This can unite us in this ambition to reduce our carbon emissions and our impact on the environment.’
Mike Chaldecott, CEO Saint-Gobain UK and Ireland.
As well as focussing on our zero-carbon commitments, we’ve hosted digital webinars and signposted resources for our colleagues to support their mental health and wellbeing at a time where our daily lives have been changed considerably as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our world is quickly changing and we’re continually adapting to new ways of working which can understandably cause worry about what it all means for ourselves and our loved ones. Through our partnership with AXA PPP Healthcare, our colleagues can access a wealth of resources such as tips and guidance to maintaining good mental health as well as health, fitness and nutritional tools. Colleagues also have access to the AXA Health Gateway which helps colleagues to understand more about their physical and physiological condition, allowing them to make informed decisions around how to improve their own health and wellbeing.
Find out more about our partnership with AXA PPP Healthcare here.