Xella is committed to an ambitious, science-based goal for reducing CO2 emissions

The company launches the 2022 Sustainability Report

Duisburg, April 4, 2023 – Xella Group, a leading European building material supplier of sustainable, efficient and cost-effective wall solutions, today releases its 2022 Sustainability Report. In addition, Xella announces that it has presented its 2030 CO2 emission reduction targets to the Science Based Targets initiative for validation. With this commitment, Xella aims to ensure that its reduction path, including emissions from its supply chain, is in line with the robust path recognized by climate scientists to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C (Paris Agreement).

Xella’s ESG strategy is based on three pillars: reduce CO2 emissions in all operations and more globally along the entire value chain, developing the circularity of its materials and ensuring a safe, diverse and inclusive workplace. The latest sustainability report highlights continued progress across all three pillars of Xella’s ESG strategy.

Significantly reduced emissions.
In 2022, Xella reduced its CO2 market-based emissions of 8% compared to 2021, thanks to the implementation of its energy efficiency actions. Also, Scope 3[1] CO2 emissions were assessed right in 2022, representing 84 percent of Xella’s total[2] CO2 emissions. When Xella completes the process of setting a science-based target, it will also add an absolute reduction target for its Scope 3 emissions, as well as a more ambitious target for Scope 1 and 2 emissions. Xella is committed to partnering with suppliers to find ways to reduce CO2 emissions2 emissions of some categories of raw materials in the years to come.

Xella aims to promote circularity.
Xella used 4% less input materials in 2022 and sand consumption decreased due to higher use of shredded return material from production. This is in line with Xella’s commitment to stop landfilling production waste by 2025 and is the first step in its strategy. Xella is dedicated to further improving the circularity of its products and production. This includes reducing waste generated from production and finding new ways to use leftovers, clean cuts and processed scraps from demolition in Xella production rather than virgin raw material. It also includes the implementation of digital services such as Xella’s blue.sprint digital solution, which helps to reduce errors and optimizes the use of its products.

Xella can count on its own research and development facility Xella Technologie- und Forschungsgesellschaft mbH (T&F), to develop new methods and formulas to make its production more sustainable.

Safe and diverse workplace.
In 2022, Xella spent 4.1 million euros to improve health and safety. This included capital investments such as safer machinery or protective fencing. The company has invested in training, including further implementation of a Total Safety Leadership Program (TSL), a Xella-wide program dedicated to empowering people to take personal responsibility for safety.
Xella is also making progress on gender diversity, with the percentage of female managers across the Group rising to 20% in 2022.

Cécile Fages, Chief Sustainability and Communications Officer at Xella, comments: “We are very proud of the progress made in 2022 in terms of ESG engagement and the growing engagement of our employees in this area. However, we strive for even more. As one of the leading building material suppliers in Europe, we have the means and the responsibility to accelerate CO reduction2 emissions and more efficient use of resources as the world is heavily impacted by climate change. Xella is and will be able to provide the right solutions to respond to the sustainability challenges of the construction sector ».

The sustainability report has been prepared with reference to the GRI Standards 2021 and part of the content is ensured by independent external auditors (PwC) with limited guarantees.

Further information is also available on the Xella Group website:

[1] Scope 3 emissions include emissions that are not produced by the company itself, and not the result of assets owned or controlled by it, but by those for which it is indirectly responsible, up and down its value chain.
[2] Total emissions show scope 1 and 2 emissions (company owned or controlled emissions) and scope 3 emissions

About Xella Group
The Xella Group is a European supplier of efficient and sustainable masonry solutions for the entire house envelope. Xella is home to well-known brands such as Ytong, Silka, Hebel and Multipor and is a pioneer in digitally supported building processes. Our high-performance products based on natural raw materials respond to the need for efficient construction and the demand for sustainable building solutions. The group drives innovation along the entire value chain, from design to production and installation. Xella improves the sustainability of buildings throughout their entire life cycle and contributes to a low-carbon industry compatible with a circular economy. Headquartered in Duisburg, Germany, the Xella Group employs over 5,200 people.

For more information about Xella Group, please visit: www.xella.com

Xella International GmbH
Cecile Fages
Director of Sustainability and Communication
Düsseldorfer Landstrasse 395
47259 Duisburg, Germany
Telephone: +49 (0)203 60880 5500
Email: cecile.fages@xella.com