As part of the Climate Action Summit conveyed by the General Secretary of the United Nations, Saint-Gobain signs the pledge of the Global Compact “Business ambition for 1.5°C”, committing itself to reach net-zero emissions by no later than 2050 in line with 1.5°C scenarios, responding to what the latest climate science indicates is needed to limit the worst impacts of climate change.
Saint-Gobain has responded to a call-to-action, issued by a broad coalition of business, civil society and UN leaders, to make its contribution to keeping global temperature increase within 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.
Saint-Gobain will now work on interim targets and steps taking into account the specificities of its processes and its investment cycles.
“Saint-Gobain designs, produces and distributes solutions that contribute themselves to the reduction of CO2 emissions, including thermal insulation solutions that promote energy efficiency. Within only three months, thanks to energy savings, our insulation solutions compensate the CO2 emissions linked to their production. The Group is already making a significant contribution to improving energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions on its construction, mobility and industry markets. With this commitment, Saint-Gobain goes one step further to reduce its own impact. The 2050 vision is critical to drive our medium and long-term investment policy as well as industrial roadmaps, R&D programs, or product development strategy”, says Pierre-André de Chalendar, Chairman and CEO of Saint-Gobain.
Saint-Gobain is already committed to reducing its CO2 emissions by 20% between 2010 and 2025. Various programs and tools have also already been implemented in order to support this target, like for instance an internal price of carbon, one for investments and one for R&D projects, to drive business decisions towards low-carbon solutions.
Saint-Gobain is also one of 127 companies globally to be included in the 2018 "Climate Change A List" established by the global organization CDP. Its environmental objectives for 2025 have been validated by the Science-based Targets initiative.