Sika is an Enabler - You aim to meet sustainability targets, such as energy- and material-efficient vehicles and buildings? Sika has the solution. Sustainability is an important component of the company's innovation strategy and a clear focus in product development. The ambition of Sika product engineers: to extend the service life of buildings and industrial applications in order to reduce maintenance effort, to improve energy and material efficiency, and to further enhance user-friendliness and health and safety profiles.
Latest Developments (Selection)
Sika aspires to classify its product technology range and product portfolio based on impacts on the identified megatrends, such as CO2 reduction, urganization and e-mobility. Sika strives to invest in a portfolio of technologies and products which reduce the overall consumption of limited resources and the emission of greenhouse gases.
Sika’s ambition centers on supplying customers with innovative solutions that boost the efficiency, durability and aesthetic appeal of buildings, infrastructure constructions, installations and vehicles, throughout production and use, and thereby make a contribution to sustainable development. Sika views this as a corporate obligation and as a duty for every single employee.
As a guiding principle, Sika is committed to sustainable development. The company participates in Green Building Initiatives, such as LEED in the US, Brazil and Italy, or DGNB in Germany. Sika’s commitment to sustainable development is now further enhanced by the product sustainability approach.
Green Building Programs
Green Building Initiatives and Certification Systems, such as LEED and BREEAM, assess the sustainable performance of building materials and also the performance of the whole building (for example energy efficiency). Such initiatives are of growing importance, and are consequently influencing the market demands for construction products. Listed here are some of the most relevant Green Building Initiatives. Sika is actively participating in these initiatives and programs.
BREEAM is an environmental assessment method and rating system for buildings, launched in 1990 by the British organisation BRE (Building Research Establishment). It is also used in other countries such as Netherlands and Spain. BREEAM assesses the overall performance of buildings using factors such as energy and water use, the internal environment (health and well-being), pollution, transport, materials etc., awarding credits in each area according to performance. The environmental impact is determined by using LCA.
Dedication to environmental sustainability has been a crucial standard for Sika ever since REACH was instituted. The company is committed to consider all requirements and obligations arising for substances used in the products. Therefore the Sika Group has implemented REACH throughout its entire organization. The REACH Department coordinates all corporate activities regarding this legislation.
Sika has arranged and organized itself with the requirements of the REACH. Throughout the Sika Group experts are working uniformly together on REACH – across all borders.
- Sika is primarily a downstream user, and in this position will check and ensure that Sika´s usages and applications are considered and supported by upstream suppliers.
- Additionally, as a downstream user Sika is a manufacturer of products (mixtures), and checks that only (pre-)registered substances are used.
- Sika also imports substances, and in this case has the role of the registrant.
- Under REACH, Sika manufactures some of its own substances. These will also be registered.
Sika Products have been assessed, ranked and classified regarding REACH, and all steps for REACH have been initiated. The REACH customer information informs about the status of the Sika Group for meeting the requirements of the REACH regulation for registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemicals.