At Solvay, we are using science to solve key environmental and societal challenges. With our sustainability plan, Solvay One Planet, launched in early 2020, we are committed to clearly defined climate actions in our portfolio, operations, and workplace. Inspired by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, Solvay will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 26% by 2030 and align trajectory with the “well below 2°C increase” of the Paris Agreement.
We will eliminate the use of coal, as no new coal-powered plants will be built, and phase out coal usage in energy production wherever renewable alternatives exist. Moreover, Solvay intends to reduce pressure on biodiversity by 30% in areas such as water eutrophication and marine ecotoxicity. Finally, in terms of concrete internal actions, Solvay will start switching to electric or hybrid company cars as of 2021.
Solvay constantly works to accelerate the climate and energy transition in line with the Paris Agreement. As communicated in our Solvay One Planet strategy and described here above, Solvay has set itself several climate objectives for 2030, one being to phase out coal usage in energy production wherever renewable alternatives exist.
To exemplify this commitment, we intend to invest €130M in Solvay’s Soda Ash plant in Torrelavega, Spain. Indeed, one of the coal-fired boilers will be replaced with a Refused Derived Fuel (RDF) boiler with a biogenic content of around 60% meaning less carbon emissions not to mention also the contribution to the circular economy. The use of a cleaner fuel boiler replacing a coal boiler will be another milestone from an innovative and environmental point of view in such a competitive market.