05-Nov-2015 Düsseldorf / Germany
Henkel products contribute to reducing CO2 emissions
At the beginning of December, more than 190 nations will come together to reach a new, global agreement on climate protection at the 2015 United Nations climate conference COP21 in Paris – a critical step on the path to tackling climate change. But protecting the climate is not only the task of governments. It requires everyone to contribute by developing and implementing sustainable solutions to climate change.
Henkel, which is committed to leadership in sustainability, contributes in a variety of ways. Energy and climate are integral parts of Henkel’s “Factor 3” strategy to become three times more efficient by 2030. A key lever for climate action are the company’s products, which are used millions of times worldwide every day and offer the biggest potential for saving energy and reducing CO2 emissions.
Henkel’s sustainability strategy: Achieving more with less
Up to 90 percent of the environmental footprint of many Henkel products is generated during the use phase. Therefore, the company focuses on products and technologies, which help its customers and consumers save energy while using them. For example, Persil Kalt Aktiv belongs to a new generation of premium laundry detergents with ingredients that help remove stubborn stains at significantly lower washing temperatures. Consumers obtain first-class cleaning results even at low temperatures while consuming less energy – for example reducing the washing temperature by only 10 degrees Celsius results in a 40 percent energy reduction.
Henkel’s product innovations contribute to sustainable use and reduction of CO2 emissions
Buildings alone account for 30 to 40 percent of global energy consumption and for 33 percent of CO2 emissions worldwide. Henkel ETICS (External Thermal Insulation Composite Systems) are used to insulate all types of facades in order to significantly optimize the energy consumption of a building. Ceresit Ceretherm products are both extremely durable and thermally insulating and can help cut energy consumption by up to 50 percent.
Henkel is continuously optimizing the CO2 footprint of its materials by using “intelligent” resources and developing completely new active substances that improve product performance while achieving significant cuts in energy and resources. The Syoss Renew 7 hair-care product range includes new shampoo formulations reducing the CO2 footprint per formula by 18 percent compared to previous formulations. The reduction could be achieved by using 16.5 percent less surfactants, 60 percent less cationic polymers and 10 percent more renewable materials.
Engaging Employees through the Henkel Climate Challenge
In the build up to COP 21, Henkel launched the Henkel Climate Challenge on Yammer, the company’s enterprise social network. The challenge invites Henkel employees worldwide to contribute personally to a reduced CO2 footprint and show their efforts in a photo or video.