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Sustainability Targets

In 2018, our Executive Committee worked with the Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leadership (CISL) to develop our sustainability strategy to 2030, ensuring alignment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

As part of our Commitment to being Climate, Land and People Positive we have developed targets linked to the UN SDGs. These stretching targets are driving our current and future sustainability programme.

Croda 2021 non-financial data performance summary

Sustainability goals and targets

Climate Positive by 2030

2021 Climate Positive update

Objectives Targets Milestones 2021 Progress

Reducing Emissions:

We will achieve our Science-Based Targets (SBTs) by reducing our emissions in line with limiting the global temperature rise to 1.5ºC above pre-industrial levels, maximising the use of renewable energy in our operations.

SDGs: 7.2, 9.4. 13.2 

By 2030, we will have achieved our SBTs, in line with limiting global warming to 1.5ºC.

Thereafter, by 2050 we will be a net zero organisation.

A reduction of 25% in 2018 absolute scope 1 and 2 emissions by the end of 2024.

All Croda locations to have a decarbonisation roadmap by the end of 2022.

Absolute scope 1 and 2 emissions have reduced 13.4% since 2018, despite a 5.8% increase in output volume, as we decouple business growth from environmental impact.

Non-manufacturing sites were engaged in roadmap setting with the support of regional champions, with 25% completed.

Carbon Cover:

We will enable the transition to a low carbon economy. We will be Climate Positive, working closely with our customers to develop products that offer carbon-saving benefits in use.

SDGs: 7.2, 7.3, 23.2

By 2030, use of our products will avoid four times the carbon emissions associated with our business - our 4:1 carbon cover.

Two million tonnes of CO2 emissions savings delivered through use of our products by the end of 2024.

100% of our product portfolio evaluated for downstream scope 3 impact by the end of 2024.

917,000 tonnes CO2e were avoided through the use of ingredients attached to verified case studies, giving a carbon cover ratio of 0.8:1.

Sustainable Innovation:

We will accelerate the transition to bio-based products, moving away from fossil/petrochemical feedstocks.

SDGs: 12.2

By 2030, more than 75% of our organic raw materials by weight will be bio-based, absorbing carbon from the atmosphere as they grow.
71% (rolling three-year average) of our organic raw materials to be bio-based by the end of 2024.
Our use of bio-based organic raw materials increased by Increased by two percentage points from 67% to 69%

A multidisciplinary working group identified all current petrochemical-based raw materials that could be replaced with bio-based alternatives.

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