Over the past decades, consumption and production of materials has created a series of interconnected environmental challenges. These include climate change, the accumulation of plastic waste and natural resource depletion. If current trends continue, the total demand for resources is expected to reach 130 billion tons by 2050 – an overuse of the Earth’s capacity by more than 400%.
At DSM Engineering Materials, our purpose is to create brighter lives for all. As such, we have strong ambitions to enable sustainable living by reducingthe environmental impact of our operations and improving the sustainability profile of our products. To realize our ambitions and to keep ourselves accountable by driving transparency, we have put in place a series of ambitious targets:
- We aim that, by 2021, over 65% of our entire product portfolio is made up of Brighter Living Solutions – that is, products that deliver high performance while providing additional benefits to society and the environment.
- We aim to reduce our absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030, compared to 2016.
- We aim for more than 75% of all our purchased electricity to come from renewable sources by 2030.
- We aim to offer a full alternative range of our existing portfolio based on bio- and/or recycled-based materials by 2030.
By delivering on these ambitious targets, DSM Engineering Materials will take the next important steps in our sustainability journey, and further enable a circular and bio-based economy.