saint-gobain net zero 2050

Saint-Gobain Group to reach carbon neutrality by 2050

In 2019, Saint-Gobain announced its commitment to carbon neutrality by 2050. Though our history of reducing our environmental impact extends far beyond 2019, we now have clear objectives and a defined methodology to reach our goals.

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Our Pillars of Action

At Saint-Gobain Boron Nitride, our vision is to "be the enabling ceramic materials performance partner to transform the industrial world to be sustainable." It is our ambition to provide customers with solutions to help them decarbonize and reduce their own environmental footprint. Together with the other businesses of Saint-Gobain, we are committed to deliver results that support carbon neutrality by 2050. 

We are taking steps to lower our impact and understand the environmental footprint of our products. The pillars of action below provide key guidelines for our Sustainability Roadmap.

Reduce our Environmental Impact

Decrease our Carbon Footprint

We are conducting Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) on our products, consistent with ISO 14040 and 14044. This will help us understand where to focus our efforts to make the biggest impact in reducing our carbon footprint. We will keep sustainability as an integral part of new product development to minimize the environmental footprint of both manufacture and usage of our products. 

With a variety of products and packaging requirements, packaging waste can be a challenge. We are committed to optimizing our packaging to maximize utility and minimize waste for our customers. Additionally, we are exploring opportunities to develop a circular economy within our industries. If you are interested in participating in this effort, please contact us!

Supply Chain & Operations

Saint-Gobain has developed our sustainability objectives according to the GHG protocol, splitting our emission targets into Scope 1 (direct emissions from our plants), Scope 2 (electricity-related emissions), and Scope 3 (value chain emissions). Saint-Gobain Boron Nitride has committed to the following objectives by 2030 to reduce the impact of our supply chain & operations:

 

saint-gobain bn sustainability roadmap

 


 

Saint-Gobain Boron Nitride Ecovadis Platinum Medal

 

As part of our commitment to society, our people and the environment, our Amherst manufacturing site completed a thorough assessment of its business sustainability practices through EcoVadis, the global standard for business sustainability ratings. The EcoVadis assessment includes 21 sustainability criteria across four core themes: Environment, Labor & Human Rights, Ethics and Sustainable Procurement.

In our latest rating, which was completed in October 2023, we earned a Platinum medal and scored 83/100 which places Saint-Gobain Boron Nitride in the top 1% globally!

 

 


Product Quality & Safety

In many cases, BN is a small part or additive in our customers' products. Maximizing the value that BN can bring can extend the lifespan & increase the efficiency of their products and systems. The example below shows how some of the properties of BN thermal fillers can benefit automotive thermal management: 

Benefits of BN Thermal Fillers for Automotive Thermal Management

Lightweighting for automotive thermal management solutions

Reduced wear on production and assembly tooling

Lower risk for thermal runaway and fires in EV battery thermal management

While BN has clear benefits, it can be a challenging material to work with. Our development efforts are focused on improving ease of use and maximizing the benefits BN products can bring to our customers' products.

Process Efficiency

BN is often used as a process aid to protect tooling from harsh environments, increase yield, and more. Improving the quality & range of BN products we offer can:

  • Increase operating life of consumable components, thus reducing process waste
  • Enable new technologies needed for decarbonization
  • Enable use of lighter metals, such as aluminum, which sometimes require advanced forming technology