Sustainability ambitions in the Benelux - our path to zero
Hydro has high ambitions in the field of sustainability - and we have the right men and women on board to turn sustainability from an abstract concept into concrete action. One of them is Vincent de Jonge, Sustainability Coordinator Benelux.
“As a company, we are part of an ecosystem and we have to do our best to keep it in balance.”- Vincent de Jonge
What does sustainability mean to you?
For me, sustainability means that we consciously deal with the resources we use, such as energy and raw materials, and that we take into account the influence we have on our environment.
It is then also important that we use this awareness to have a positive impact. This applies to our emissions, our waste flows, the biodiversity around our plants, but also to being a good employer. As a company, we are part of an ecosystem and we have to do our best to keep it in balance.
What are the sustainability milestones you have achieved at Hydro so far?
The ASI (aluminium stewardship initiative) Chain of Custody is one of the first projects I had the opportunity to contribute to and I see it as a great milestone. Hereby we have shown that our materials are traceable in the chain and that we can guarantee that they have been produced in a responsible manner. Furthermore, sustainability teams have now been established at all locations in the Benelux; with these teams we are in the process of creating sustainability roadmaps at a local level.
What would you like to see in the future?
That a position such as sustainability coordinator is no longer needed at all. That we have internalized sustainability within Hydro in such a way that we all continue to improve in this area.