As part of the Climate Action Summit convened by the General Secretary of the United Nations in New York, Saint-Gobain signed a pledge of the Global Compact “Business ambition for 1.5°C”, committing itself to reach net-zero emissions by no later than 2050.
“Saint-Gobain designs produces and distributes solutions that contribute to the reduction of CO² emissions while promoting energy efficiency. The Group is already making a significant contribution to improving energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions on its construction, mobility and industry markets and is committed to reducing its own impact. The 2050 vision is critical to driving our medium and long-term R&D programmes and product development strategy,” says Pierre-André de Chalendar, Chairman and CEO of Saint-Gobain.
In South Africa, sustainability and emission reduction is already a priority across Saint-Gobain’s ten existing manufacturing plants. Jean-Claude Lasserre, CEO Saint-Gobain Sub-Saharan Africa comments: “Saint-Gobain is highly committed to reducing our carbon footprint; optimising our industrial processes; reducing water and energy consumption, and making optimal use of recycled raw materials.”
In parallel to these manufacturing efficiencies, Saint-Gobain’s innovative building material solutions dramatically improve energy efficiency in buildings. For example, thermal insulation, in combination with energy-saving techniques, can save up to 78% of a building’s energy consumption for space heating, cooling and hot water services.
Another key element instrumental in the group’s environmental journey and further addressing sustainability is Saint-Gobain’s partnership with the Green Building Council of South Africa to train and upskill the next generation of construction installers in the latest technology via the Saint-Gobain YouthBuild Academy.
This is a tangible example of how the construction sector could utilise resource efficiencies to address climate change and drive sustainability with the coexisting benefit of creating healthier, more comfortable and more productive environments for people and communities.