The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) form a universal blueprint for achieving a better and more sustainable future for all by 2030. Sibelco contributes to twelve of the seventeen SDGs:
Sibelco’s contribution is primarily operational. Our environmental management approach seeks to limit our impact on water and soil. Our efforts in the area of occupational health target a reduction in occupational exposure to dust.
Through our Code of Sustainable Conduct and specific diversity initiatives, Sibelco promoted diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We have specific targets for 2025 to increase female representation in the workforce and in leadership positions.
Sibelco’s products such as clays, kaolin and sands are used in the development and production of ceramics for sanitaryware while calibrated sands and other materials are used in systems for water purification and desalination.
From an operational perspective, we focus on sustainable water management and have a 2025 goal for deploying best available technologies in our operations.
Sibelco is a leading producer of high purity quartz used in the production of solar grade silicon for PV. From an operational perspective we aim to double our use of on-site renewable energy and proportion of purchased green energy. We also aim to improve our energy efficiency by 2% a year on average by 2025.
Sibelco’s strategy is to develop as a material solutions provider and innovation is central to this strategy. We employ 150 people in technology and innovation roles and operate 20 technology centres around the world. We have an extended innovation network of 350 people from different business functions, connected via a dedicated web-based innovation portal through which we share ideas, information and resources.
Sibelco produces materials that enhance safety and energy efficiency in buildings. These include ATH for flame retardants, nepheline syenite products for cool roof coatings, materials used in heat-reflective glass etc.
Sibelco has been developing new businesses that serve the circular economy. The most obvious example is the glass recycling activity where Sibelco is now Europe’s leading glass recycler. Sibelco also recycles materials such as residues from fibre glass production and in 2019 increased its investment in a start-up for recycling medium density fibre board.
Sibelco is targeting an average annual reduction in CO2 emissions of 2% between 2018 and 2030. This is aligned with the aims of The Paris Agreement and the European Green Deal.
Sibelco ensures that environmental considerations are a full part of its quarry management and closure planning; an eco-system services model is used to ascertain the best land-use for rehabilitated quarries. Adequate resources are provisioned to fund quarry closure and Sibelco has specific targets to balance active quarrying with rehabilitated land and to ensure that all sites implement closure plans according to a Sibelco standard.
Through our partnerships with customers, our communities, innovation partners and other stakeholders we seek solutions that solve economic, social and environmental challenges.