Adherence to environmental legislation and regulatory requirements is the starting point of our commitment to minimize our environmental footprint across our business activities, from product development and manufacturing to distribution and waste disposal. Our majority-owned manufacturing facilities around the world are ISO 14001:2015 and RC 14001:2015 certified. All facilities also adhere to Axalta’s own global Environmental, Health, and Safety Policy, which includes, and in some instances exceeds, standards set by either ISO or Responsible Care. Axalta is committed to providing a healthy and safe working environment for our employees.
Reducing Our Environmental Footprint
At the core of our commitment to environmental sustainability is a pledge to achieve carbon neutrality in our operations by 2040. This industry-leading carbon commitment is supported by our 2030 goals of achieving a 50% absolute reduction of Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions and sourcing at least 50% of our electricity from renewable sources. We have concrete plans in place to achieve these goals, working with a global third-party energy provider to increase our usage of renewable electricity and execute additional energy efficiency projects in our operations. We’re also committed to reducing volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions in our operations by 10% by 2030, normalized to production. We discuss our approach to reducing our emissions in our annual response to the CDP Climate Change questionnaire.
We are also focused on optimizing our water use at Axalta facilities. We have invested in on-site wastewater treatment facilities for some of our manufacturing sites globally. The on-site treatment allows us to reduce our effluents and waste during manufacturing. The treated water is often recycled back into our operations, reducing the amount of water we withdraw from local municipalities. We are committed to continuous improvement in water management, with a goal of 10% reduction of water use, normalized to production, by 2030.
Axalta is committed to following generally accepted waste management practices. We always first try to reuse a product or sell it as a useful product to a third party. After that, we recycle or reclaim, then utilize waste to energy, and finally use incineration, treatment, or another disposal method. The result of this approach is that we are continuously discovering new ways to reuse and divert our materials from the landfill. We have set a 2030 goal to reduce process waste, normalized to production, by 10%.
For more information on how we are reducing environmental impacts from our operations, please see Axalta’s 2018-2019 Sustainability Report.
Manufacturing consistently superior quality products demands rigorous standards for the materials we use. At Axalta, product stewardship means:
- Carefully selecting raw materials that provide the best product performance while minimizing risk to human health and the environment.
- Designing products to protect the surfaces they cover, promote product lifespan and reduce the demand for additional raw materials.
- Providing accurate information to maximize the safe use, handling, storage, and distribution of our products.
Through our work to identify and mitigate potential risks associated with our products, from development through manufacturing, use and disposal, we continue to provide value to our customers and ensure the sustainability of our business.
Quality is essential in everything we do. Our major manufacturing sites meet ISO 9001:2015 quality management systems certification, and sites supplying automotive OEMs are also TS/IATF 16949 certified, as established by the International Automotive Task Force. Adherence to common quality standards is the first step in our commitment to quality. Our operations follow additional quality excellence systems that set goals and apply disciplines, which in many cases exceed those set by the quality standards.
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