AkzoNobel joins Green Power Partnership

AkzoNobel reaffirmed its commitment to transitioning all its manufacturing sites globally to 100% renewable electricity. 

The company announced its official partnership in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Green Power Partnership, (GPP) reinforcing its dedication to environmental stewardship. 

This milestone marks AkzoNobel as a leader in the paints and coatings industry with EPA GPP recognition for using 69 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually at its manufacturing sites in the U.S.,  achieved through the purchase of renewable electricity with certificates of origin.  

EPA established the GPP in 2001, to protect human health and the environment. It is a voluntary  program encouraging organisations to embrace green power and to reduce the environmental  impacts associated with conventional electricity usage. According to the EPA, AkzoNobel’s U.S. manufacturing sites green power use in 2023, is equivalent to the electricity use of more than 6,400 average American homes annually. 

“At AkzoNobel, we have set an ambitious goal to reduce the carbon footprint in our operations (scope  1 and 2) and in our value chain (scope 3) by 50 percent by the target deadline of 2030. We are proud  of our partnership with the EPA on the use of renewable electricity in our manufacturing operations in  the U.S.,” said Wijnand Bruinsma, AkzoNobel Global Director of Sustainability. “Through the Green Power Partnership, we aim to promote the acceleration of the energy transition for our U.S. value  chain partners and for our customers as an addition to our ongoing efforts helping them increase their  energy efficiency and reducing their carbon footprint.”  

AkzoNobel’s participation in EPA’s GPP is part of its broader sustainability strategy which includes  participation in the RE100 initiative uniting the world’s most influential businesses committed to 100% renewable electricity. 

Through concerted efforts to identify energy-saving opportunities, optimise equipment efficiency and implement shutdown management protocols, AkzoNobel progresses towards its goal of halving global carbon emissions. Using green power helps to lower the company’s carbon footprint but it also is encouraging stakeholders in the company’s value chain worldwide to embrace green power solutions. 

“Leading organisations in EPA’s Green Power Partnership provide proof that good business practices  can also benefit the environment,” said James Critchfield, Program Manager of EPA’s Green Power  Partnership. “EPA applauds AkzoNobel for its notable commitment to expanding its use of green  power and protecting the environment.” 

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