Ontex sets science-based targets for climate action – Nonwovens Industry Magazine
Ontex is committed to achieving carbon neutrality by 2030. The company will reduce its own greenhouse gas emissions (also known as scope 1 and 2 emissions) by 50% by 2030, compared to the baseline year 2018. Ontex aims to achieve these goals through energy savings, on-site renewable energy generation, purchasing energy from renewable sources, and carbon offsetting through reforestation projects.
The Belgian personal hygiene group also aims to reduce emissions from its global supply chain (scope 3 emissions) by 25% by 2030, compared to a baseline year of 2020. Ontex aims to reduce carbon emissions in its supply chain by cooperating with its suppliers and focusing on sustainable product design and more efficient transportation. For example, suppliers are asked to indicate how they reduce their emissions to Ontex on an annual basis. Ontex will report on this combined supply chain progress as part of its annual report.
Ontex’s 19 factories on five continents currently run on more than 70% renewable energy. This includes its own energy production with rooftop solar installations in Spain, Belgium, Mexico and a new solar installation in Italy, which is the country’s largest solar installation for on-site electricity consumption.
Ontex also seeks to reduce the impact of emissions caused by the incineration of used diapers (scope 3), by carrying out projects on the compostability of its diapers. Energy savings and other measures reduced Ontex’s own carbon emissions (scope 1-2 emissions) by 15% in 2020 compared to 2018.
“Climate change threatens to disrupt every aspect of our lives, creating negative environmental impacts, strains on food supplies and socio-economic instability. We consider achieving climate-neutral operations by 2030 and reducing carbon emissions through our supply chain to be critical to our long-term business success,” says Annick De Poorter, Executive Vice President of ‘Ontex for sustainability and innovation.
Ontex submitted its targets in December 2021 and expects them to be validated by the Science-Based Target Initiative in 2022. Ontex regularly discloses its company-wide emissions and transparently reports progress towards its objectives on an annual basis. The next update will be given in April 2022, when Ontex’s 2021 annual report is published.