Brussels — Recticel, the Belgian based foam products maker, has committed to reduce its carbon footprint by 40% in 2030 compared with 2013 levels and to have a 100% increase in the volume of recycled flexible foam produced by 2020 compared with 2015 in its first Sustainability Report.
The company said that its plants contribute to about 5% of its total carbon footprint and has been working to reduce this level since it started recording all of its energy use site by site in 2013. Recticel said it is working with energy suppliers to see if it is possible to introduce renewable energy production at a number of sites.
Recticel has also introduced requirements for supplier sustainability in the automotive business and these will be rolled out across other areas, the firm said. It has also started to use Covestro's cardyon, CO2-containing polyols in some of its production as part of its policy of sourcing forest friendly, non-food renewables. Downstream of production, Recticel said it is "intensively researching ways to find applications for end-of-life materials" and is introducing "eco-design tools in the development of new products."
The company added that "our insulation solutions helped avoid about 20 times more CO2 than the carbon footprint of all Recticel's activities combined." Download the Recticel Sustainability report 2015 here.