Sustainability

We are committed to providing solutions for Sustainable Habitat, while minimizing the environmental impact of our products at each stage of their life cycle.

Environmental Endeavours

Buildings have a massive impact on the environment; both their construction and use contribute significantly to the environmental issues we face today.

For this reason, at Saint-Gobain Gyproc, we are committed to promoting sustainable construction products and processes. We have developed a sustainable approach to our business called Gypsum Forever. This stands for a lifelong promise to deliver innovative and sustainable solutions and services to our customers and to your own clients while preserving our precious environment.

Our commitment is to minimise the impact of our products and systems on the environment and we achieve this in a number of ways:

  • We are located all over the world with manufacturing facilities as close as possible to the main construction hotspots, ensuring that our response is prompt, and that our materials are local to minimise transportation.
  • Our products help provide comfort, security, health and wellbeing to the occupiers and users of buildings.
  • After the construction of a building, we provide recycling services for construction site waste
  • The environmental impact of our products is monitored vigilantly during production and also over their whole life cycle. This requires transparency and the vigorous use of widely-accepted Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) techniques to produce meaningful data which our customers can compare to ensure an optimised approach is taken in line with the requirements of international building schemes such as LEED, BREEAM, DGNB.

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Product Life Cycle

At Saint-Gobain, we integrate our sustainability approach at each stage of the product life cycle and strive to minimize the environmental impacts of our products at every single juncture, as outlined below.

Raw Materials

Limiting our impact on natural resources:
we use either natural, synthetic gypsum (DSG/FGD) or recovered gypsum from the waste recycling chain.

Manufacturing

Sustainably producing plaster and plasterboard:
our manufacturing process produces low emissions and reduced energy consumption, and employs reused water (rainwater or steam).

Logistics

Minimizing CO2 emissions:
we use local manufacturing facilities, truck loading optimisation, alternative transport, and eco-drive practices to name a few.

Installation

Facilitating installation and reducing waste:
we provide installers with training and bespoke solutions to minimize cut-offs, job site collection and recycling

Building Lifetime

Improving users’ comfort, safety and health:
our plasterboard performance ensures thermal and acoustic comfort, as well as indoor air quality assurance, easy installation, robustness, and fire and moisture resistance.

End-of-life and Recycling

Avoiding landfilling and giving a new life to gypsum-based waste:
we propose recycling services to our contractors and the collection of big bags or skips on-site.

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Setting the Sustainability Standard

In line with Saint-Gobain's ambition to become the reference point in sustainable habitats, we strive to develop innovative and efficient interior building solutions, all the while remaining resolute in our commitment to seeing our sustainability strategy succeed in practice.

We minimise our environmental footprint

We minimise our environmental footprint by:

  • Integrating our sustainability approach at each stage of the product life cycle, from the extraction of the raw materials, to production, through to our end-of-life recycling process;
  • Locating our global manufacturing facilities as close as possible to the main construction hotspots, ensuring that our response is prompt and that our materials are local to minimise transportation;
  • Participating in large-scale land restoration of gypsum quarries ;
  • Limiting our impact on natural resources and biodiversity;
  • Minimizing our energy consumption and CO2 emissions; and  
  • Reducing the levels of water withdrawal and water discharge in liquid form (aiming for zero discharge).

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Environmental impacts and initiatives

We support the vigorous monitoring of, and openly communicate about, our environmental impacts and initiatives, while participating in the “walking the talk” movement with the Green Building Councils for example.

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Perform plasterboard and plaster Life Cycle Assessments (LCA)

We perform plasterboard and plaster Life Cycle Assessments (LCA) and Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) as standard, to assess the environmental impacts of our products and to produce transparent data, which our customers can study to ensure that our approach is in line with international building label certifications such as LEED, BREEAM, DGNB, GREEN MARK, etc. Read about Saint-Gobain’s contributions to LEED* and BREEAM*.

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Adhere to circular economy principles

We adhere to circular economy principles, aiming for zero non-recovered waste, by recycling internal waste in all of our plants and by implementing a recycling service for construction waste on jobsites in most countries, which increases the recycled content of our products and avoidss landfilling.

Saint-Gobain eco-innovation process

Saint-Gobain eco-innovation process

We develop new products through our Saint-Gobain eco-innovation process, to improve the environmental profile of our solutions while also enhancing the performance, well-being and comfort aspects in all of our buildings.

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Responsible sourcing

We promote responsible sourcing through our eco-logistics initiatives and apply the Saint-Gobain Sustainable procurement policy throughout the supply chain.

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Improve the comfort, safety, health and well-being of the occupiers and users of our buildings

Our mission is to improve the comfort, safety, health and well-being of the occupiers and users of our buildings across our many market sectors. We engage in dialogue with our stakeholders and partners at each stage of construction to ensure that we incorporate valuable feedback into the continuous innovation and improvements in the performance of our products, systems, and processes.

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Dedicated training programmes

We instigate dedicated training programmes for professionals and entrepreneurs to inspire lifelong learning. Moreover, our staff teams are continuously trained in order to build an extensive internal knowledge base about sustainable construction and to embed sustainability in every function and task carried out.

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Share internal sustainability best practices

Together, with our community of local sustainability ambassadors, we share internal sustainability best practices between our countries of operation, so that we remain an industry leader in setting exemplary sustainability standards.

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Saint-Gobain's 2010-2015 targets

Finally, we are 100% committed to achieving Saint-Gobain’s 2010-2025 targets (at iso production baseline 2010) with significant reductions in:

  • Energy consumption - 15%;
  • Total CO2 emissions - 20%;
  • Non-recovered waste - 50%; and
  • Industrial wastewater discharge in liquid form - 80%.

By 2040, we are also intending to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from all Saint-Gobain tertiary buildings by 75% through our internal CARE:4 programme. Find more information about Saint-Gobain’s Sustainable Habitat Programme (and CARE:4) as well as our action for the climate.

How our products contribute to BREEAM

Though LEED and BREEAM do not certify specific products, the use of Saint-Gobain Gyproc solutions can contribute to your future LEED project for 13 credits and up to 43 points or more depending on the regional priorities, and to your future BREEAM project for up to 47 possible points depending on the building type.