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Our ambition is to have climate neutral operations by 2030.

We believe that climate change is one of the biggest challenges that humanity faces and understand the need to increase the resilience of our manufacturing operations and supply chains.

As a minimum, we commit to making a significant contribution to help our planet stay below the 2°C global warming limit as set by the Paris Climate Agreement.

We are already taking measures to reduce our green-house gases (GHGs), for example, reducing energy use in our factories and sourcing renewable energy.

There are three main thrusts in our goal to be carbon neutral by 2030. They relate to our own operations as well as those across our value chain.We have identified three key priorities that relate to both our own operations and those across our value chain.

1         Reduce Emissions

We will lead work to reduce our direct and indirect emissions (Scope 1 &2) using science-based targets aligned with the reductions called for by climate scientists.  Our aim is to reduce our absolute Scope 1 & 2 emissions by 50% by end of 2030 using 2018 as the base year.

We will also further investigate specific energy reduction targets plant by plant, learning from and spreading the practices already implemented.

2100% Renewable electricity

Our aim is to source 100% renewable electricity in our own operations by 2030. In 2019, 70% of the electricity purchased was renewable.

More capacity is needed to generate renewable energy to contribute to the necessary decarbonisation of energy systems. Going forward, our energy purchasing strategy will be a combination between green electricity and the electricity generated on our own sites.

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Solar installation Ontex plant in Eeklo, Belgium

3Support Climate Resilience

Greenhouse gases emissions into the atmosphere are a key focus but climate resilience can also be supported by other methods such as carbon sinks – natural or artificial deposits that absorb and store carbon from the atmosphere and help reduce greenhouse effects. We believe that this is the area where we can have the greatest influence. Consequently, our actions will also address reforestation.

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