AkzoNobel announced it operates on 100% renewable electricity in North America. Officials say the move will help drive the company’s “ambition of reducing carbon emissions across the full chain by 50% by 2030.”

The transition to 100% renewable electricity in North America includes manufacturing sites, offices, warehouses and research and development facilities. The milestone was reached at the beginning of 2023. AkzoNobel officials state that the company also achieved the milestone in Europe at the start of 2022.

“We’ve aligned our own sustainability ambitions with the Paris agreement, which aims to limit global warming and ensure that global temperature rise doesn’t exceed 1.5˚C above pre-industrial levels,” explains Wijnand Bruinsma, director of sustainability. “As the first paints and coatings company to set science-based sustainability targets, we’re determined to fulfill our ambitions. This achievement in North America is another big step in the right direction.”

To reach 100% renewable electricity globally, officials explain that AkzoNobel is relying on self-generated renewable energy, such as solar panels, and sourcing renewable energy, including purchasing energy with certificates of origin.

“As well as moving to renewable electricity and reducing our overall energy consumption, we’re also working across our value chain,” says Bruinsma. “We’re engaging with our suppliers and continue to develop sustainable solutions that help our customers reduce their own carbon footprints.”