DISCLOSURE 103-1: EXPLANATION OF THE MATERIAL TOPIC AND ITS BOUNDARY

Emissions are a material topic for the company. All non-greenhouse gas emissions are managed and controlled locally in the operating facilities. Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are a result of combustion processes to generate electricity and heat and power for production processes and facilities, transportation, and travel.

Although Sika’s production itself is less CO2-intensive than the supplier industries, specifically the chemical industry, Sika sees itself as responsible for minimizing its impact with regard to climate change by reducing its energy consumption, replacing more CO2-intensive fossil energy sources with less CO2-intensive fossil energy and increasing the renewable electricity rate. Sika views energy efficiency and the mitigation of emissions as major drivers of its overall efficiency effort that additionally contribute to cost reductions.

Apart from its own operations, Sika also contributes to the reduction of energy consumption through its products and systems, by providing sustainable solutions for the construction and transportation industries, i.e. to improve the energy efficiency of buildings and to build lighter cars. Energy is a relevant factor throughout the value chains of both industries. Especially in the cement industry, energy consumption and secondary fuels play a major role in production processes. Sika products, such as grinding aids in cement production and admixtures in concrete preparation and application, can contribute considerably to savings. Sika’s sustainable solutions contribute to the reduction of energy use in these sectors.

DISCLOSURE 103-2: THE MANAGEMENT APPROACH AND ITS COMPONENTS

On the one hand, Sika’s management approach is aimed at reducing energy consumption and the CO2 emissions resulting from Sika’s own operations, for both direct and indirect energy. On the other hand, Sika is constantly improving its products and systems to reduce energy consumption and resulting CO2 emissions in their application and use phase, and in the production processes of its customers.

COMMITMENT
Sika manages limited resources and reduces energy consumption. The company is committed to decreasing the CO2-intensity of its own operations and contributing to the reduction of energy use and CO2 emissions in its customers’ production processes as well as to energy and CO2 savings during the application and use phase of its products and systems.

GOALS AND TARGETS
The revision and further development of the 2014–2018 Sustainability Strategy was the priority in 2019. Sika’s overriding goal is to reduce CO2 emissions per ton sold by 2023.

RESPONSIBILITIES
The energy efficiency and CO2 intensity of Sika’s operations is the responsibility of line management. At local level, the operations manager is responsible for helping Sika’s CO2-intensity targets to be met, and for setting and achieving local targets accordingly.

SPECIFIC ACTIONS

  • Life Cycle Assessment (LCA): Sika sets out to undertake objective, transparent, and comparative assessments of the sustainability performance of its products – not only in manufacturing, but throughout their life cycle in accordance with internationally recognized standards. These analyses may pinpoint potential improvements for existing or new products during product development and maintenance. They may also deliver important insights into resource management (raw materials, energy, water, and waste), production processes, or application efficiency, and thereby promote innovation and optimize the development of new products and systems.
  • Energy management system to ISO 50001: Some Sika entities are in the process of developing energy management systems to ISO 50001, which provide for continuous improvements in energy efficiency. Seven locations of Sika Germany are certified to ISO 50001.
  • Evaluation of results from environmental management system ISO 14001: Two-thirds of Sika production facilities are certified to ISO 14001 and perform impact assessments, target setting, and management reviews of the effectiveness of the management system regarding energy use and CO2 emissions.
  • Sustainable solutions: Sika seeks to enhance the outstanding and widely appreciated usefulness of its products by optimizing their sustainability profile, and thus to create added value for customers.

     
DISCLOSURE 103-3: EVALUATION OF THE MANAGEMENT APPROACH

Sika evaluates its management approach through:

 
  • Monitoring: Sika measures its CO2 emissions on a regular basis. Energy use is reported quarterly to the internal Sustainability and Operations Technology team, which calculates the CO2 emissions. Results are followed up and management approaches adapted accordingly.
  • Evaluation of results from LCA: The LCA results serve to assess energy demand and greenhouse gas emissions during a product’s life cycle and the associated possible impacts on the environment. 
  • Evaluation of results from energy management system ISO 50001: The entities have implemented energy management systems to ISO 50001, which provide for continuous efficiency improvement by evaluating and acting on the outcome from the certifications. Sika reviews all audit results to improve the management approach and integrates improvements.
  • Evaluation of results from environmental management system ISO 14001: Two-thirds of Sika production facilities are certified to ISO 14001 and perform impact assessments, target setting, and management reviews of the effectiveness of the management system regarding energy use and CO2 emissions. 
  • Benchmarking: Sika has also compared CO2 emissions per product unit internally since 2019 through factory reporting and has started to benchmark factories within the same factory segment..
Furthermore, Sika monitors and evaluates the effectiveness of its management approach according to target achievement.