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 the end of 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.
  • 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.

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.

Contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)

Responsible production & consumption (SDG 12)

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

Learn about Stanyl sustainable journey

Life below water (SDG 14)

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

Explore Akulon RePurposed

Climate action (SDG 13) 

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

Read about Akulon PA6 CFP reduction

Partnerships (SDG 17)

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.

Find out about our partnerships

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. 

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.

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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.

Latest News

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.

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