Covestro sustainability targets for 2025

Sustainability is measurable

Reduce specific CO2 emissions by half. Align the portfolio of research projects on the UN Sustainable Development Goals Help ten million people in under-served markets with our products and solutions. We have set ambitious targets for 2025. To attain these targets, we are aligning every facet of the company on sustainability.

The “People, Planet, Profit” principle is one of the pillars of what we understand by sustainable development. We strive to mitigate the negative impact of our actions on the environment, advance society and at the same time create value. In these efforts, we always consider the entire life cycle of our products to ensure that our values and targets are applied, from the extraction of the raw materials to end-of-life of the product.

People, Planet, Profit also means that improvements in one area must not be offset by disadvantages in another. For example, we are trying to increase the amount of alternative raw materials used to manufacture our products, but only if this truly does help the environment. If the process requires vastly more energy or if more CO2 is emitted during transport than is saved, we don’t do it.

Our actions support the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with climate protection playing a particularly important role for us.

For our products help to conserve resources and reduce CO2 emissions. By making cars lighter and more efficient, for example, or by insulating buildings efficiently. Or by providing wind turbine rotor blades with a lightweight and stable core, making them more efficient.

At the same time, we are working to further reduce our own energy consumption and emissions, and advocate for the responsible use of our materials and the end products manufactured from them. We are also working continuously to improve our processes. One example is a technology we developed for the production of chlorine that can reduce that process’s tremendous hunger for energy by 30 percent.

But sustainability isn’t just about production. Numerous department at Covestro are systematically working to implement our understanding of sustainable development. An extensive third-party assessment documented the progress we have made here. This helps us to reflect, which ensures that we do justice to as many different aspects as possible and continuously adapt to changing requirements.

Furthermore, we have established a comprehensive target program with five core points on which our business is aligned. This enables us to simultaneously define clear focal points and make our success measurable.