Frequently asked questions

Question

Has Dulux reduced its impact on the environment?

Answer

Yes, Dulux conducts all its operations with respect for the environment, seeking to drive down the impact by reducing waste and emissions and using energy, water and other raw materials efficiently.

As ICI Paints we have been influential in lobbying for the introduction of VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) regulations in Europe and all our paints meet the requirements of the EU directive 2004/42/EC.  We met the 2007 requirements in 2006 and we plan to meet the 2010 standards well before the deadline.  Dulux also promotes the use of water-based substitutes, offering alternatives in all major finishes.

We have reduced CO2 and greenhouse gases.

Between 2000 and 2005 we achieved the following environmental improvements:

  • Energy use down by 13%
  • Greenhouse gases down by 18%
  • Water use down by 17%
  • Hazardous substances to the air down by 63%
  • Ozone generators down by 67%
  • Ozone depletors down by 25%

We have been using biodiesel in some of our delivery fleet for over 12 months. Currently 25% of our fleet mileage utilises a biodiesel fuel mixture. The primary feedstock for this biodiesel is oilseed rape, sourced, where possible, from UK farmers.

Our supplier quantifies the CO2 emissions saved by using biodiesel and this is independently assessed by the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Management.

Over the past 5 years we have also been aiming to reduce CO2 emissions and miles per gallon consumption by careful selection of our company vehicles. Since the year 2000 we have reduced the average fuel consumption per vehicle by 33%. We have recently completed a project entitled 'Green Fleet Review' with the Energy Savings Trust.
This considered:

  • Our fleet's carbon footprint
  • Fuel economy
  • Driver education
  • Reducing mileage
  • Health and safety, and Duty of Care issues

The review highlighted that we have saved a total of 1.2 million fleet miles in 2007 compared to 2006 and a further 800,000 miles from company car travel.