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AkzoNobel Helps Meet Net Zero

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As the world strives for net zero by 2050, the building and construction sector faces stricter environmental regulations. Beyond moral duty, being a good global citizen is now a business advantage. Companies must adopt better practices, reduce their impact and choose partners based on circularity performance.

Metal building materials producers and consumers grapple with changing ESG standards. They must manage and measure their ESG performance, providing emissions data to regulators, customers and suppliers. Additionally, they face potential re-classification of critical raw materials, such as fluoro-polymers in coil coatings.

Companies may be required to report annual carbon footprint reductions from cradle to grave and cradle to gate. They must also disclose emission data for all products sold.

Customer expectations are rising for coil manufacturers to offer sustainable solutions. The demand for greener urban spaces grows, without compromising performance.

To reduce emissions, coil producers can use modern cool chemistry coatings like the ones provided by AkzoNobel. These coatings, with heat-reflective pigments, insulate buildings against extreme weather, curbing energy consumption and CO2 emissions.

Coil producers can further contribute by reducing their own energy consumption during production. CEPE research shows that most emissions from coated steel cladding come from steel substrate production, which can be recovered and reused. Coating energy consumption is relatively small, mainly from the curing process.

To enhance energy efficiency, coil producers can explore infrared and induction-type ovens. In the future, electron beam radiation coatings may reduce energy use by five to nine times compared to thermal ovens. 

AkzoNobel’s commitment extends to Scope 3 reductions and providing emissions data to support customer sustainability goals.

For more information, visit www.akzonobel.com.