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April 29, 2019

Stahl makes progress on long-term sustainability goals

By Beth Wright

Leather chemicals and coatings company Stahl says it is progressing towards a more transparent supply chain that continuously reduces its environmental footprint. 

Outlined in the firm’s 2018 Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Report, the highlights include another CO2 emissions reduction in 2018, putting Stahl is on course to achieve its target set in 2015 of a 10% reduction by 2020. 

An example of the action taken to reduce carbon emissions is the investment in solar energy at its manufacturing sites in Brazil. As a result, 50% of the electricity consumed at the site will be supplied by solar (renewable) energy.

Meanwhile, in 2016, Stahl made a commitment to eliminate the substances listed on its MRSL by 2020. In 2018, the company took a “big step” in this direction by uploading more than 1,000 compliant products to the ZDHC Gateway portal.

The firm also hailed the 2018 launch of a public-private partnership in Ethiopia with local leather associations and international NGOs, including international civil society organisation Solidaridad. The project in Ethiopia and the five-year Public Private Partnership in India – launched in 2017 – are both driven by the need to improve water pollution in identified leather manufacturing clusters.

Stahl is dedicating significant resources to these projects, for example by opening a new Stahl Campus location in Kanpur, where dedicated training on chemicals management and good practices will be realised.

“Stahl’s vision is to achieve a more transparent industry that continuously reduces its environmental footprint. In 2018 we made further progress towards this goal, including the seamless integration of the BASF Leather Chemicals division and another drop in CO2 emissions at our manufacturing sites. Indeed, the investment in solar energy at our Stahl Brasil site is a concrete example of our long term commitment to the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement targets,” says Stahl CEO Huub van Beijeren.

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