Our passion for sustainability is driven by our belief that we can make a positive impact to the world by creating products that are not only high-quality and innovative, but also environmentally responsible. We are committed to doing our part to create a more sustainable future for all, and we invite our customers and partners to join us on this journey. The sustainability approach focusses on three major pillars.
Next Generation Culture (heartprint)
We integrate sustainability into our human resources processes at all levels, from recruitment through vocational training and continuing professional development, to engagement programs and remuneration. We inspire our global silica team by the vision of a more sustainable world and act responsibly at our customers, stakeholders, and locally at our different production sites.
Next Generation Technologies (footprint)
Our Next Generation Technologies are designed to protect the resources of our planet by supporting the objectives of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We are committed to the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) and aim to reduce our scope 1 and 2 emissions by 25 percent between 2021 and 2030. For the reduction in our scope 3 emissions, we are committed to a target of 11 percent. Our targets are aligned to the SBTi target level of “well below 2 °C”. Furthermore we strive for climate neutrality for all scopes latest 2050.
Next Generation Solutions (handprint)
We are proud to already have generated more than 50 percent of our sales with silica products and solutions that have a strongly positive sustainability profile. Our goal is to increase the proportion of sales generated with these Next Generation Solutions further, this goal drives our strategic portfolio decisions, and directs the innovation in silica solutions.
SILICA: A NATURAL SOLUTION FOR SUSTAINABLE INNOVATION
Silica powerful enables sustainability
At Evonik, we use precipitation methods or flame processes to manufacture tailor-made, amorphous silica of high and constant quality for a broad range of applications and it all starts with the natural source sand. In simple terms, sand is turned into a valuable high-purity material. Only in this pure form is synthetic amorphous silica an essential additive for countless industrial applications.
Silica is the common name for silicon dioxide (SiO2), which is very common in nature, for example, as crystalline silica in quartz or grains of sand. Silica from Evonik is a natural derived mineral ingredient according to ISO 16128.
When silica is released from consumer products used in industries like Personal Care, Oral Care, Food etc. into the environment, it is not distinguishable from naturally occurring silica in minerals or plants. Our silica products go back into the natural cycle of silica.
Our sustainable silica solutions
Evonik is one of the world’s leading silica producers. We are the only company to provide both precipitated and fumed silica and metal oxides from a single source – and in consistently high quality. With more than 80 years of process expertise for synthetic amorphous silica, we have developed a broad product portfolio of sustainable solutions, such as
- Silica for environmentally friendly tires
- Silica for modern and sustainable agriculture
- Powering a greener future: AEROXIDE® fumed metal oxides for electromobility
- Extremely powerful and innovative to optimizing the performance and safety of climate-friendly batteries
- Highly efficient and thin insulation systems for refrigerators in highest energy classes
Our ambitious targets
At Evonik, we are committed to sustainability and making a positive impact on the world. Our contributions to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals are focused on four key areas: fighting climate change, driving circularity, safeguarding ecosystems, and ensuring health and wellbeing.
In the fight against climate change, we are developing innovative technologies and solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase energy efficiency. We are also committed to driving circularity by promoting the use of renewable, circular resources and minimizing production waste by following the guiding principle of three “R” - Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
Safeguarding ecosystems is another important focus area for us. We are working to minimize the impact of our operations to the environment. Additionally, we are committed to ensuring the health and wellbeing of our employees, customers, and communities.