Engineering Materials

Changing the world for the better

Reducing our environmental impact, enabling sustainable solutions, advocating for positive change

Enabling design of more sustainable products with a lower carbon footprint

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.

At DSM Engineering Materials, our purpose is to create brighter lives for all. As such, we have strong ambitions to enable sustainable living by reducing the 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. By delivering on these ambitious targets, we will take the next important steps in our sustainability journey, and further enable a circular and bio-based economy.

By the end of 2021, over 65% of our entire product portfolio is made up of Brighter Living Solutions*. 

To have a 30% absolute reduction of the company's direct emissions (Scope 1) and emissions from purchased energy (Scope 2) by 2030. 

By 2030, more than 75% of all our purchased electricity should come from renewable sources. 

By 2030, offering a full alternative range of our existing portfolio based on bio- and/or recycled-based materials. 

*Brighter Living Solutions are products that deliver high performance while providing additional benefits to society and the environment.

Explore our key sustainability focus areas

Circular economy solutions

Offering a portfolio of recycled- and/or bio-based alternatives.


Greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction solutions

Closely managing the carbon footprint of our products and operations.

Product stewardship and safety

Taking responsibility to control and minimize all possible safety risks and adverse effects on people or the environment. 

Brighter Living Solutions

Products and services that deliver high performance while providing additional benefits to our society and environments. 

Latest Sustainability News

DSM and Fibrant significantly reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions for Akulon® PA6 with EcoLactam®

In view of the current tightening of greenhouse gas (GHG) emission ambitions in Europe, it is with great pride that DSM and Fibrant announce the accomplishment of a major reduction in the GHG emission of Caprolactam and thus subsequently also of Akulon® PA6 as produced in Europe by July 2021.

DSM partners with Sympatex Technologies to launch mass-balanced bio-based Arnitel® specialty materials

Bio-based Arnitel® is added to the growing range of DSM Engineering Materials' bio-based alternatives to its portfolio.

DSM and Neste announce strategic partnership to create high performance materials made from sustainable feedstock

DSM will start a strategic partnership with Neste, the world’s leading producer of renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel and a forerunner as provider of renewable and circular solutions for the chemical industry, to enable the production of high performance polymers.

Contact us for more information

Direct and easy access to our broad portfolio of high-performance plastics: explore our bio- and/or recycled-based grades or order a sample. You can also simply ask our sustainability experts.

Contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Responsible production & consumption 

To enable the transition from a fossil- to a renewable based economy, we commit to re-use of plastic waste or biomass (waste) feedstocks.

Climate action

We enable our customers to reduce the footprint of their products by reducing the carbon footprint of our products, and hence reduce the overall COemissions.

Life below water

Plastics do not belong in our oceans, instead we aim at improving recyclability which turns them into a valuable feedstock again.


We cannot achieve a circular plastics economy on our own; our vision is a world that works together to keep plastics in the economy, starting with our value chain partners.

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Our strategy & the SDGs

We’re so convinced of the value of doing well by doing good that our strategy is aligned with the Sustainable Development (SDG) goals outlined by the United Nations in 2015.

Our operations

DSM takes its global environmental and social responsibilities seriously. This goes beyond our own operations to that of our suppliers, customers, and end-users.

Climate & Energy

DSM's Climate Change Agenda focuses on reducing our own carbon footprint, enabling the low-carbon economy with our solutions & advocating climate action.

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