Note 17: Raw materials efficiency


Effective waste management helps to increase raw materials efficiency in our manufacturing operations while reducing both our environmental footprint and costs. Our focus is on reducing total waste and eliminating hazardous waste to landfill. The exception is asbestos waste – mainly from demolishing old equipment and buildings – where the preferred current safe disposal route is properly designed landfill facilities.

  • Total waste per ton of production generated and leaving our sites was down 18 percent to 9.0 kg/ton. The total waste volume fell to 161 kilotons, a decrease of 21 percent. The indicative monetary value of the total waste reduction is €16 million
  • The total waste for Specialty Chemicals was 64 kilotons, Performance Coatings 54 kilotons and for Decorative Paints 39 kilotons, while non-Business Area related totaled 4 kilotons
  • Non-reusable waste was reduced to 65 kilotons. The amount of non-reusable waste per ton of production generated and leaving our sites was down 21 percent to 3.6 kg/ton. This reduction was achieved by implementing projects in our OEE program, and an increased focus on waste at many of our sites. Examples include collaborating with suppliers to re-use packaging materials at Suzhou in China, and working with a supplier in the US to use our own reconditioned drums
  • Our program for waste prevention through alternative outlets for obsolete paint materials is proving successful. Around 11,000 tons of obsolete materials have been sold as by-product, which is being used as raw material for paint. This material would otherwise have been discarded as waste. Sustainable outlets have also been found for other by-product streams, such as alpha cellulose to the paper industry and powder coating fines, which are also being used as raw material for paint
  • Hazardous waste per ton of production reduced to 3.5 kg/ton
  • The non-reusable hazardous waste to landfill was down 29 percent to 1.9 kilotons

Total waste in kilotons

Total waste in kilotons (bar chart)

Waste means any substance or object arising from our routine operations which we discard or intend to discard, or we are required to discard. Reusable waste is waste which is used e.g. for resource recovery, recycling, reclamation, direct re-use or alternative uses e.g. composting. All other waste is non-reusable waste.

Hazardous waste in kilotons

Hazardous waste in kilotons (bar chart)

Hazardous waste is waste that is classified and regulated as such according to the national, state or local legislation in place.