Our respond to UN Sustainability Goals

In 2015 the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals, was adopted by all United Nations Member States. Later the same year at the Paris climate conference (COP21) the Paris Agreement on Climate Change came into place. This is the first-ever universal and legally binding global climate deal adopted by 195 countries. The key element for this agreement is to have a global action plan to avoid disastrous changes to our climate, by limiting global warming to 2˚C and continue with efforts to limit it to 1.5˚C.

The United Nation Sustainable Development Goals are very ambitious and so is the Sustainability ambition for Perstorp to become “Finite material neutral”. There are 17 Goals and all of them are equally important as they as a whole embrace the concept of sustainable development. We have highlighted some of them, where we believe we can make the greatest difference and to which we have aligned our overall sustainability ambition.  
When working on achieving our sustainability ambition we address this from many directions with an holistic mindset considering production technologies, products, raw materials, applications as well as customer needs and global megatrends such as urbanization, growing population etc. Here you can read more about the Sustainability areas highlighted by Perstorp:

13 Climate action

All over the world we are experiencing the effects if the climate change, as it results in both financial and personal losses.   ’Floods, droughts, tsunamis and major storms, just to name some of the effects. Global sea levels are on the rise threatening islands and coastal lines.  If we do not mitigate climate change, we may face irreversible consequences.

Perstorp responds to this by:

  • Stepping up with our sustainability ambition and striving to become final material neutral
  • Making a transition from fossil based raw materials to biobased alternatives and energy from wastes
  • Switching to biobased energy sources in our plants
  • Switching to renewable electricity
  • Continuously improving and optimizing our production processes and we target to assess and upgrade our technologies over time to even more sustainable alternatives

12 Responsible consumption and production

We need to consider how we consume goods and resources to reduce our ecological footprint. This requires an efficient management of our shared natural resources and we need to start thinking circular to find new raw materials but also to reduce our waste. Food is wasted in one place, while people are going hungry in another. Drinkable water is already a scarcity for many and becoming scarce for many more. 

Perstorp responds to this by:

  • Aiming to reduce, recirculate and optimize the water consumed and used in our processes
  • Not competing with water usage for essential needs
  • Focus on increasing recycling rates of our production waste, as well as utilizing waste streams as raw materials
  • Developing solutions that are using less resources and enabling recyclability or biodegradability as an end of life feature supporting our customers to become more sustainable
  • Developing solutions that can protect, preserve or prevent food and feed from being contaminated, becoming spoiled or destroyed during production
  • Aiming to eliminate waste from our own production processes 

11 Sustainable cities and communities

More than half of the world’s population are living in cities. By 2050 this number is expected to be 6.5 billion which corresponds to two-thirds of all humanity. This means that we will have to transform the way we build and manage our urban spaces. To make these cities safe and sustainable we need to invest in public transport, ensure access to safe and affordable homes, plan for green public spaces and upgrade slum areas.

Perstorp responds to this by:

  • Offering safe and biobased raw materials for coatings, resins and synthetic lubricants
  • Developing safe and sustainable alternatives for intumescent coatings and flame retardants
  • Supplying safe and phthalate free plasticizers for PVC applications
  • Offering products for more durable coatings applications

15 Life on land

Agriculture and plant life provides the majority of our human diet. 30% of the surface on earth are forests. Drought and desertification is increasing, land is degrading and species are getting extinct – we are losing natural habitats and biodiversity. We need to conserve and restore forests, wetlands and drylands to mitigate the impact of climate change.

Perstorp responds to this by:

  • Making a transition from fossil based raw materials to biobased in a sustainable and responsible way
  • Developing products and solutions to support sustainable agricultural development and enable efficient land use
  • Offering feed additives for animals to make them healthy and resistant to infections to reduce the use of antibiotics

14 Life below water

Oceans absorb 30% of the carbon dioxide produced by humans buffering the impacts of global warming. We are seeing a 26% increase in ocean acidification since the start of the industrial revolution and 40% is heavily affected by pollution, depleted fisheries and loss of coastal habitats.

Perstorp responds to this by:

  • Transitioning in to biobased raw materials reducing our carbon footprint
  • Having an end of life perspective of all products we produce and a circular approach
  • Reducing, recirculating and optimizing the water consumed and used in our processes

2 Zero hunger

Extreme hunger and malnutrition is still a barrier to development in many countries and often as a direct consequence of environmental degradation, drought and loss of biodiversity. Since the 1900s about 75% of crop diversity has been lost from farmers’ fields. By supporting and promoting sustainable agricultural practices and by investing in infrastructure and technology the development can be improved. Agriculture is the world’s largest employer occupying 40% of the population.

Perstorp responds to this by:

  • Developing safe and efficient silage and preservation products
  • Offering fertilizing solutions to reduce salt stress in arid regions and improve crop yields
  • Contributing with safe solutions for packaging to protect food and prevent food waste
  • Partnering with the Hunger Project in Ghana. The Hunger Project’s aims are to end hunger, achieve food security, improve nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

Source: UN Sustainability Development Goals