At WICONA we believe we have the responsibility and the ability to tackle today’s and tomorrow’s most burning issue: climate change. Earth is warming, and it is caused by humans¹. This threatens every form of life and urgent action needs to be taken if we want our planet to survive.
Moreover, the world’s population is predicted to increase by 2 billion people in the next 30 years with a 70% of the population living in urban areas², which means at WICONA we will likely see a higher demand in the building and construction sector³. With more and more people living in buildings, this implies an increasing energy consumption and thus, skyrocketing CO2 emissions. The urge to rethink our products and processes has been even more challenging with growing pressure coming from regulations – from the European and international level with new norms and constraints for carbon neutrality; but also from national laws becoming more and more demanding⁴.
Building with vision means taking the future seriously. And bearing in mind that our resources are finite. We are absolutely convinced that future urban development is inconceivable without sustainable reuse of materials. To make a difference, we have to change our products, as we want to achieve 100 % circularity by 2025.
We are demonstrating our focus on sustainability by using Hydro CIRCAL for our system solutions. This is one of the most sustainable aluminium alloys in our sector. Hydro CIRCAL is a range of prime-quality aluminium made with a minimum of 75% recycled end-of-life aluminium (post-consumer scrap). The production process is verified by an independent third party (DNV-GL), and confirmed by an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD). Hydro CIRCAL also has one of the smallest CO2 footprints worldwide: 2.3 kg CO2e per kilo of aluminium, or about 4.5 times less than the global primary average.Read more about Hydro CIRCAL
Circular product design based on the Cradle to Cradle Certified® philosophy
It all starts at the very beginning – the design process. All of our new products are designed for the circular life cycle and follows the C2C Certified principles, which means that products are made from known components that are easy to disassemble, in order to create new products (a process called “up-cycling”) in both the biological and technical cycles. With recycled polyamide, we are working towards 100% recyclable windows.
Our recyclable and circular materials and products come with EPDs and meet international norms and regulations, like BREEAM, LEED, DNGB and similar building certifications.
Cradle to Cradle Certified®
At the beginning of 2017, WICONA system solutions were Cradle to Cradle Certified® at the Bronze level. Cradle to Cradle Certified® is the world’s most advanced science-based, multi-attribute certification program for designing, making and verifying materials and products that are safe, circular and responsibly made with integration of beneficial Environment, Social and Governance features. Since then 14 WICONA systems have been Cradle to Cradle Certified® at the Silver level and 4 other systems at the Bronze level.Read more about Cradle to Cradle Certified
When looking at the life cycle of a building, the upfront emissions represent one-third of overall CO2-emissions. Therefore our aim is to reduce by half our CO2 emissions by 2025. To achieve this goal we are going beyond recycled low-carbon aluminium products. The use of renewable energies, the reduction of packaging and the optimisation of transport also play a central role.
Metal sourcing - 50%
Components - 37%
Sites emissions - 10%
Transport and packaging - 46%
Workplace - 47%
To support the society, as a part of Hydro, we commit to empower 500.000 people with education by the end of 2030. Because we are all in this together. We know we can make a difference, because we care
about build a better future.
Even if Hydro Building Systems is not the decision maker, the SDG 11 is also a goal - part of the UN Sustainability Development Goals - which we are committed to act for. SDG 11 is oriented toward city planners, governments and mayors – in other words public-decision takers.
UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
The world is becoming increasingly urbanized. Since 2007, more than half the world’s population has been living in cities, and that share is projected to rise to 60 percent by 2030. Therefore, the future lies in building sustainable cities and communities. This vision we share with the UN when it comes to the UN goal 11 (SDG), which is oriented toward city planners, governments and mayors – in other words public-decision takers. Hydro takes action according to the UN Sustainability Development goals pushing boundaries to contribute to a better future for you, for us – for everyone!Discover how Hydro refers to the UN Sustainability Development Goals
¹ Kevin E Trenberth (2018), “Climate change caused by human activities is happening and it already has major consequences”, Journal of Energy & Natural Resources Law, 36:4, 463-481, DOI: 10.1080/02646811.2018.1450895.
² United Nations, « Population », Population | United Nations.
³ BSRIA (2019), “Megatrends: demographics”, WP 10/2019 Megatrends: Demographics (bsria.com)
⁴ As an example the French RE2022 law aims at reducing carbon emissions coming from the building and construction sector by actually capping them. Manufacturers have less and less flexibility when it comes to sustainability now.