Hempel’s target to halve greenhouse gas emissions in its entire value chain by 2030 is approved by Science Based Targets initiative

World-leading coatings manufacturer, Hempel, announces that the company’s science-based targets are approved as consistent with levels required to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement.

Key messages

  • Hempel’s science-based targets are approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) 
  • Hempel A/S commits to reduce absolute scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions 90% by 2026 from a 2019 base year
  • Hempel A/S also commits to reduce absolute scope 3 GHG emissions 50% by 2030 from a 2019 base year
  • Halving Hempel’s total footprint is the equivalent of removing 0.7 million cars off the roads for one year 

Hempel has had its emissions reduction targets approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). 

The targets covering greenhouse gas emissions from Hempel’s operations (scopes 1 and 2) are consistent with reductions required to keep warming to 1.5°C, what the latest climate science has told us is needed to prevent the most damaging effects of climate change. 

Hempel’s target for the emissions from its value chain (scope 3) meet the SBTi’s criteria for ambitious value chain goals, meaning they are in line with current best practice. The goals are: 

  • Hempel A/S commits to reduce absolute scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions 90% by 2026 from a 2019 base year 
    This target is based on Scope 1 and 2 emissions, which relates to energy use in Hempel’s own operations, e.g. powering its premises, and its company vehicle fleet worldwide.  
  • Hempel A/S also commits to reduce absolute scope 3 GHG emissions by 2030 from a 2019 base year 
    This target is based on Scope 3 emissions, relating to the impact of Hempel’s suppliers and customers, across the entire value chain.  

“We are putting sustainability at the heart of Hempel. Like all companies, we have a responsibility to reduce the emissions our operations create and the amount of resources we use,” says Katarina Lindstroem, Executive Vice President of Research and Technology and Chief Operating Officer. “Reaching our science-based targets requires that sustainability is integrated into everything we do. We are investing in training the entire company to engage all our employees on this ambitious journey.” 

Katarina expands on how Hempel will achieve these targets: “For our Scope 1 and 2 target, we will continue our focus on energy efficiency, buying renewable power and greening our transport fleet.” 

“Scope 3 emissions make up more than 95% of our footprint. To tackle these, we will strengthen our commitment to using suppliers that are also taking steps to reduce their carbon footprint, drive circularity to reduce the footprint of our packaging items and review our own formulation principles for existing and new products to identify how we can move away from more carbon heavy raw materials,” continues Katarina. 

Many of Hempel’s products and services across its customer segments, Marine, Energy, Infrastructure and Decorative, are significantly helping to reduce its customers’ carbon footprint. Whilst these savings are not counted as part of Hempel’s own CO2 reductions, Hempel will continue to develop products and solutions that support its customers reaching their own CO2 reduction targets with quantifiable benefits. 

The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) is a collaboration between CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). The SBTi defines and promotes best practice in science-based target setting and independently assesses companies’ targets.



Press contact: 
Joanna Ashmead, Head of Media Relations 
Tel: +45 30772816 
Email: communications@hempel.com  

About Hempel

As a world-leading supplier of trusted coating solutions, Hempel is a global company with strong values, working with customers in the decorative, marine, infrastructure and energy industries. Hempel factories, R&D centres and stock points are established in every region.

Across the globe, Hempel’s paints and coatings can be found in almost every country of the world. They protect and beautify buildings, infrastructure and other assets, and play an essential role in our customers’ businesses. They help minimise maintenance costs, improve aesthetics and increase energy efficiency.

At Hempel, our purpose is to shape a brighter future with sustainable coating solutions. We firmly believe that we will succeed as a business only if we place sustainability at our heart. Not only is it the right thing to do, it will strengthen our competitive position, make ourselves more resilient and reduce our risk.

Hempel was founded in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1915. It is proudly owned by the Hempel Foundation, which ensures a solid economic base for the Hempel Group and supports cultural, social, humanitarian and scientific purposes around the world.