“AkzoNobel is a sustainability leader in the paints and coatings industry and achieving our ambition to be carbon neutral and a zero-waste company by 2030 will ensure that we remain the reference in the sector,” says AkzoNobel CEO, Thierry Vanlancker.

Our targets for 2030:

  • 30% reduction in energy use
  • 100% renewable electricity
  • 100% water reuse at the most water-intensive sites
  • Zero non-reusable waste

AkzoNobel is on track to have zero waste to landfill by the end of 2020, while renewable electricity is already in use at 33 locations and eight countries. AkzoNobel has reduced its waste by 40% in the last eight years, while total VOC emissions fell by 24% in 2019.

Lighthouse initiative

AkzoNobel innovation key to unique energy harvesting project for buildings.

A research project which aims to harness the wasted solar energy absorbed by buildings has been launched by a consortium of 13 partners – including AkzoNobel.

The ENVISION initiative is going beyond the solar panels found on roofs in an attempt to harvest energy from all building surfaces (both transparent and opaque), without having to compromise on aesthetics.

A solution for absorbing near-infrared light (NIR) via special panels already exists, but these panels are only available in one colour – black. So AkzoNobel’s coatings experts got to work and are developing technology which can capture heat using lighter and brighter colours.

“Black facades are not attractive to most people, so we have come up with an innovative solution which allows heat to be captured by colours that traditionally reflect NIR,” explains AkzoNobel senior scientist Anthonie Stuiver.