Tarkett Achieves Progress in Lowering Emissions - Smart Energy Decisions

Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions, Industrial, Solar  -  March 19, 2024

Tarkett Achieves Progress in Lowering Emissions

Tarkett, a sustainable flooring and sports surface solutions company, announced that in 2023, 44% of the company's total energy consumption came from renewable energies. Thirteen production sites sourced 100% of their electricity from renewable energies, including the Chagrin Falls and Middlefield plants in Ohio. 

Additionally, the company’s Scope 3 value chain emissions decreased by 14% versus 2019.

Tarkett limits upstream and downstream transportation in part through its local market presence and through local initiatives. Tarkett's Chagrin Falls, Ohio, plant implemented a trucking optimization project, leading to annual savings of 223 tCO2 calculated using the Environmental Defense Fund tool.

Tarkett North America has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for committing to reduce portfolio-wide Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50% within 10 years as part of the DOE's Better Climate Challenge. 

In 2023, Tarkett used 154,000 tons of recycled materials as an alternative to virgin materials, which represents 18% of its raw materials used, with the goal of reaching 30% by 2030. This progress helps avoid 188,000 tons of GHG emissions compared to the use of virgin primary raw materials. 

Details were released in Tarkett's 2023 Corporate Social & Environmental Responsibility (CSR) Report. Fully audited by an independent third party, this report outlines the company's significant sustainability accomplishments and leadership.

"Our sustainability performance over the past year contributes actively to Tarkett's ambition: to be the easiest, the most innovative and the most sustainable flooring and sports surfaces company to work for and to work with. As part of our climate roadmap, we have successfully reduced our greenhouse gas emissions at our production sites by 47% in the last four years1, notably through improved energy efficiency and sourcing renewable electricity. I am also very proud that we have increased the proportion of women in management positions throughout 2023, well in line with our 2025 target," said Fabrice Barthélemy, CEO of Tarkett, in a statement.

In early 2023, Tarkett's climate goals were approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). CDP, recognized as the gold standard of environmental reporting, granted Tarkett's climate action with a leadership level A- score. The sustainability rating agency EcoVadis awarded a Gold Medal to Tarkett and ranked the company among the top 2% of all 100,000 rated organizations in 175 countries.

The company is using low-carbon materials and sourcing recycled materials from several partners in different industries. In the U.S., Tarkett incorporates post-use polyvinyl butyral (PVB) recycled from laminated safety glass in car windshields, buildings and solar panels. Post-consumer PVB has a carbon footprint that is 25 times lower than virgin PVB and accounts for 33% of the content used to make Tarkett's ethos® Modular with Omnicoat Technology™, a high-quality carpet tile solution. From 2004 to 2023, Tarkett reused around 44,200 tons of PVB films from 45.3 million windshields.

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