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AkzoNobel gains top water-saving certification

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AkzoNobel’s UK decorative paints business has gained the Carbon Trust Water Standard, becoming one of only six companies in the world to receive the certification since its launch in February – joining major names such as Coca-Cola Enterprises and Sainsbury’s.

The award recognises reductions achieved through a huge programme undertaken to cut water usage at AkzoNobel. Measures have included the introduction of rainwater harvesting to feed manufacturing processes and a programme to reduce water leakage across plants.

AkzoNobel has also streamlined production processes reducing the number of cleaning cycles needed and increased storage capacity for wastewater at manufacturing sites. The latter step has meant that more wastewater can be incorporated into product formulations, cutting the need for fresh water.

AkzoNobel is the largest global paint and coatings company. The UK is a key location for the manufacture and retail of its decorative paints, including iconic brands such as Dulux, Dulux Trade, Polycell and Cuprinol.

The company has been ranked in the top three in the influential Dow Jones Sustainability Index since 2007 and was ranked first in the chemicals supersector last year. It also holds certification for carbon reduction from the Carbon Trust.

AkzoNobel's 1,100-employee UK decorative paints business will soon be expanded by the opening of a new site in Ashington in 2014. This plant will exemplify the business’s commitment to sustainability with ambitious plans including ensuring all water is re-used.

“Radical resource efficiency, doing more with less, is central to our sustainability strategy and water reduction is an important part of responsible resource management," said Chris Cook, AkzoNobel’s global sustainability director for decorative paints.

"We have driven down water usage at our plants and we are determined our new plant in Ashington will be the most sustainable paint plant ever with state-of-the-art processes driving down energy consumption and waste.”

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