Reducing our carbon footprint

We have a responsibility to help support the climate transition. To do this, we have committed to significantly reduce carbon emissions within our operations and value chain through specific objectives and actions aligned with the Paris Agreement and the 1.5°C trajectory.
Emmanuelle Henry

Climate change is an urgent challenge and we are working to reduce our carbon footprint. We strongly believe that all companies have an obligation to the planet and to future generations to play their part in the global effort to mitigate the climate crisis.

Emmanuelle Henry-Lanier
Climate and Portfolio Sustainability Vice President, Imerys

Accelerating our decarbonization efforts

Imerys is committed to taking action to combat climate change and since 2017 has a climate change roadmap in line with the Paris Agreement. In 2018, we joined the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) to ensure our targets are based on scientific criteria.

To go further and faster, in 2022 we made a public pledge to align our strategy with the 1.5°C trajectory and set near-term sustainability targets for the next seven years (2023-2030). Our updated greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets for 2030 that we present below were reviewed and validated by the SBTi in 2023.

On 14 May 2024, we published our Climate Transition Plan report which describes the ways in which we are decarbonizing our operations and value chain, and adapting our product portfolio to support the transition to a low-carbon economy.

Solar energy
Low carbon electricity
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Fuel switching & using biomass
(of machinery / equipment)
Reduced energy consumption
Energy efficiency and recovery
Process innovation
Process innovation

Working closely with our suppliers and customers to reduce scope 3 emissions

We know that managing our own carbon emissions is not enough. Our main source of scope 3 (or value chain) emissions is generated from the purchase of raw materials, and we work with our suppliers to identify levers to keep emissions as low as possible. We are committed to reduce these emissions by 25% by the end of 2030 from a 2021 base year.

Climate change related news

Onboard our 1.5°C journey on energy efficiency and recovery
Corporate news

Climate transition: energy optimization leveraging efficiency and recovery (2/4)

For this second article on our journey to 1.5°C, you will learn about our energy efficiency and recovery projects, which are expected to represent up to 20% of the Group’s emissions reduction potential by 2030. Join us on an immersion tour across some of our sites to discover some best practices and initiatives.

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Imerys Andersonville: using peanut shell as a renewable energy source
Local news

Using peanut shells as a renewable energy source to reduce GHG emissions in Andersonville

Our Andersonville plant in the USA is reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by fueling its kilns with a renewable local biomass source – peanut shells.

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1.5 campaign - article 1
Corporate news

Climate Transition: How we are adapting to limit the impact of our activities (1/4)

Over a year ago, we committed to align our activities with the most ambitious climate science scenario: limiting the global temperature rise to 1.5°C. Through a series of articles, we will present our Climate Change ambition and strategy, the levers we focus on to get there and the progress we have already made. 

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Bahrain - solar plant inauguration
Business news

Imerys’ first solar plant in the Middle East will reduce GHG emissions by 15%

Imerys Al Zayani Bahrain is celebrating the inauguration of a 4.7-megawatt solar power plant, marking a significant stride towards sustainability and cost reduction. The collaborative effort supports Imerys’ 2030 goal to align its activities with the 1.5°C trajectory, contributing over 15% reduction in GHG emissions for the white fused alumina production plant.

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