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Coatings Supplier Stahl to Set Scope 3 Carbon Emission Targets

Stahl, which supplies specialty coatings for footwear, clothing and home furnishings, said by the end of the second quarter of 2022 it will extend its greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets to cover Scope 3 emissions.

The company said this step underlines its commitment to aligning its strategy with the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement goals, updated at the recent COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland. Between 2015 and 2020, Stahl reduced its Scope 1 and 2 (direct) GHG emissions by 37 percent, and has committed to a further 2 percent reduction each year to 2030.

Scope 3 emissions cover all the indirect emissions that can occur in a company’s value chain, including raw material acquisition, transportation and the end-of-life impact of its products. By focusing on Scope 3 emissions, Stahl said it is committing to de-fossilizing its supply chain and ensuring further accountability for its total environmental impact.

A new climate change study from the Climate Board and Textile Exchange said more than 90 percent of emissions from fashion and textiles comes from Scope 3 sources and that fiber and materials offer the biggest lever to reduce Scope 3 emissions. In addition, the study concluded that the industry is not on track to achieve Scope 3 emissions goals, with early evidence indicating that as many as two-thirds of brands and retailers that have announced Scope 3 targets are not on track to achieve absolute Scope 3 emission reductions.

“Only by focusing on reducing Scope 3 emissions can we accurately align our de-fossilization strategy with the global goal of limiting global average temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius, as agreed at the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement and the COP26 in Glasgow,” Michael Costello, Stahl Group ESG director, said. “We look forward to working with partners across our industry and value chain to make this happen.”

With headquarters in Waalwijk, the Netherlands, Stahl works with partners worldwide to develop and deliver the necessary chemistry behind everyday materials, including footwear, clothing, cars and home furnishings. Supported by a global workforce of nearly 2,000, its processing and specialty coatings technologies help these materials to perform better for longer, while reducing their environmental impact.

Stahl has identified four areas of strategic importance to help realize its goals. They consist of digital transformation, open innovation, renewable feedstocks and sustainable development. By applying efforts to these areas, alongside its value chain partners, the company said it can deliver more value for its employees, customers, investors and society at large.