Population growth, urbanization, and the increase in water consumption mean that the natural water cycle can no longer manage water pollution by itself. Without chemicals, the current level of safe water supply and sustainable wastewater treatment cannot be maintained. Today, more than 80% of the wastewater produced globally is still discharged back into rivers and seas without any treatment. Our water treatment chemistry offers solutions to address this.
Public concern about the environmental pollution caused by plastics, particularly plastic packaging, has speeded up the demand for alternative solutions. Fiber-based, renewable and recyclable materials are increasing in demand. We help the material producers with our expertise: chemistry underpins virtually every characteristic of fiber board used in packaging and secures raw material and energy efficient production processes. And while fossil fuels remain part of the energy system, we help the value chain meet ambitious CO2 emission reduction targets.
We want to become the leading provider of sustainable chemical solutions for the water-intensive industries and increase the share of biobased products in our portfolio significantly by the end of 2030. When it comes to our own operations, we aim to be carbon neutral by 2045.