MEA – Henkel Adhesive Technologies (HAT) has reached a significant sustainability milestone in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region.

All eight of its manufacturing sites across six countries have transitioned to 100% renewable electricity, eliminating carbon dioxide (CO₂) emissions from electricity usage, also known as scope 2 emissions, for these facilities.

To achieve this, HAT has adopted a mix of on-site solar installations and off-site renewable sources such as hydro and wind power.

This shift to renewable energy is expected to reduce CO₂ emissions by approximately 10,471 tons annually.

This reduction is equivalent to taking 2,500 gasoline-powered cars off the road for a year or eliminating the carbon footprint of nearly 2,700 flights between New York and Singapore.

This achievement positions HAT as a sustainability leader within the packaging industry, setting a benchmark for others to follow.

Veerabhadra Konakalla, Safety and Health & Environment head for HAT India, Middle East and Africa (IMEA), stated, “By achieving complete decarbonization of our scope 2 operations in our MEA sites, we’ve turned our commitments into tangible progress on the path to achieving climate-positive operations by 2030.

“This achievement is a testament to the zeal of our IMEA team to drive transformative environmental change and create a more sustainable future.”

The transition to renewable energy aligns with Henkel’s broader 2030+ Sustainability Ambition Framework, which targets climate-positive operations by 2030 and a pathway to net-zero emissions.

This framework is part of Henkel’s overall “Purposeful Growth” strategy, emphasizing responsible business practices and creating enduring value for stakeholders.

In April, Henkel launched an ambitious engagement program called “Climate Connect” to elevate the assessment of CO₂ emissions in its global supply chain.

The program, in collaboration with carbon reduction partner “Manufacture 2030”, is designed to drive decarbonization across the value chain by collecting emissions data, defining joint reduction actions, and providing continuous upskilling.

Henkel aims to engage its raw material and packaging suppliers, as well as contract manufacturers and suppliers of traded goods worldwide, where over 90 percent of its Scope 3 upstream emissions originate.

The program will initially focus on recording key metrics like energy usage, water consumption, and waste volumes, gradually expanding to include more suppliers across different Scope 3 categories in the future.

Using this data alongside tailored training, Henkel and “Manufacture 2030” will offer participating suppliers personalized support to assess their baseline emissions and implement climate action measures.

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