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Henkel Adhesive Technologies achieves renewable energy goal in MEA

 Thursday, July 4, 2024

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Henkel Adhesive Technologies achieves renewable energy goal in MEA

Henkel Adhesive Technologies, the world’s leading provider of adhesives, sealants, and functional coatings, has achieved a significant sustainability milestone: all manufacturing sites in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region now operate on 100% renewable electricity.

Henkel’s eight MEA Adhesive Technologies manufacturing sites, located across six countries, have successfully transitioned to renewable electricity sources, thereby eliminating carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from their electricity usage, also known as Scope 2 emissions. This shift includes on-site solar installations and external renewable sources such as hydroelectric and wind energy.

Specific initiatives include renewable electricity derived from on-site photovoltaic (PV) solar and hydroelectricity in Turkey and Kenya, wind energy in South Africa, and solar power in Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

Through these efforts, the company has eliminated approximately 10,471 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year from its Scope 2 activities. This reduction is equivalent to removing the carbon footprint of around 2,500 gasoline-powered cars driven for one year or approximately 2,700 flights from New York to Singapore. By drastically reducing its reliance on fossil fuels, Henkel is making a substantial environmental impact and setting a benchmark for the industry.

Veerabhadra Konakalla, Head of Safety, Health & Environment at Henkel Adhesive Technologies IMEA, stated, “By achieving complete decarbonisation of our Scope 2 operations at our MEA sites, we’ve turned our commitments into tangible progress towards achieving climate-positive operations by 2030. This achievement is a testament to the dedication of our IMEA team to drive transformative environmental change and create a more sustainable future.”

This achievement aligns with Henkel’s 2030+ Sustainability Ambition Framework, which aims for climate-positive operations by 2030 and a net-zero pathway.

The company’s sustainability strategy reflects a commitment to “Purposeful Growth,” aiming to create more value for stakeholders, develop the business responsibly and successfully, and reinforce Henkel’s leading role in sustainability.

With its brands, innovations and technologies, Henkel holds leading market positions worldwide in the industrial and consumer businesses. The Adhesive Technologies business unit is the global leader in the market for adhesives, sealants, and functional coatings. With Consumer Brands, the company holds leading positions especially in hair care and laundry & home care in many markets and categories around the world. The company’s three strongest brands are Loctite, Persil, and Schwarzkopf. In fiscal 2022, Henkel reported sales of more than 22 billion euros and adjusted operating profit of around 2.3 billion euros. Henkel’s preferred shares are listed in the German stock index DAX. Sustainability has a long tradition at Henkel, and the company has a clear sustainability strategy with specific targets. Henkel was founded in 1876 and today employs a diverse team of about 50,000 people worldwide – united by a strong corporate culture, shared values and a common purpose: “Pioneers at heart for the good of generations.”

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