Saint-Gobain promotes sustainable building in Vietnam

Vietnam is selling sustainable building as a strategy to meet its net-zero commitments, however help from stakeholders stays essential. Benoit Bazin, CEO of Saint-Gobain Group, a significant participant within the mild and sustainable building supplies sector, spoke to VIR‘s Huong Thuy concerning the firm’s technique to help the nation on its journey in the direction of sustainability.

What challenges do you see in Vietnam’s building market? And the way can Saint-Gobain Group assist resolve them?

Saint-Gobain promotes sustainable construction in Vietnam
Benoit Bazin, CEO of Saint-Gobain Group

We’ve got recognized three major challenges. The primary is CO2 emissions, with the development trade contributing roughly 40 per cent. In Vietnam, conventional building depends closely on sand, cement, and bricks. Changing conventional supplies like cement with lighter ones, comparable to gypsum, can drastically cut back weight and emissions.

Second is the preservation of pure assets. Development takes half of the world’s pure assets by quantity. Vietnam is dealing with a shortage of assets like sand, but when the trade right here strikes to a specialised crack-resistant plastering resolution or plasterboard, it’ll eradicate a lot of the demand for sand.

The third problem we face is speedy inhabitants development, which is driving demand for brand new buildings. Saint-Gobain has lengthy chosen sustainable improvement as a core enterprise technique, and we provide a complete vary of sunshine and sustainable constructing supplies to fulfill this rising demand. In consequence, buildings that use a spread of Saint-Gobain merchandise will help cut back CO2 emissions and create extra snug, user-friendly residing areas.

How can Vietnam guarantee sustainable improvement within the building trade?

You want innovation within the round economic system to recycle and reuse supplies and transfer away from carbon-based supplies. From 2017 to 2023, Saint-Gobain Vietnam decreased the quantity of carbon in its merchandise by 60 per cent.

Laws are additionally essential. For example, from subsequent 12 months, new buildings should have energy-efficient air con. Saint-Gobain generally is a key participant in driving this optimistic shift. As a significant world supplier of light-weight and sustainable constructing supplies, we are able to scale up options successfully. Our lively participation within the World Inexperienced Constructing Council and Vietnam Inexperienced Constructing Council positions us to advertise initiatives like materials recycling and emissions discount right here, simply as we’ve achieved in different markets.

We additionally must see higher communication to teach folks about inexperienced options, inexperienced supplies, and inexperienced buildings, in order that they might achieve a greater understanding of pure useful resource administration.

What are Saint-Gobain’s priorities for its 2024 Vietnam technique?

Vietnam is certainly one of our fastest-growing markets and matches very effectively into our general technique, and final 12 months, Saint-Gobain Vietnam obtained an award in recognition of the excellent development it has seen.

Our firm brings worth to the native market and communities via our merchandise and options, and we’re serving to Vietnam go inexperienced consistent with its commitments, comparable to net-zero by 2050.

Saint-Gobain promotes sustainable construction in Vietnam
Benoit Bazin, CEO (second from proper) and Nguyen Truong Hai (far proper), CEO, Saint-Gobain Vietnam visiting a venture utilising Saint-Gobain materials options

Nevertheless, one of many best obstacles in attaining this goal of carbon-neutrality by 2050 for any nation is the development trade, largely as a result of excessive charge of emissions. Saint-Gobain is dedicated to our processes and to our analysis and improvement, on which we spend roughly $600 million yearly, into lighter and extra environmentally pleasant supplies.

We’re devoted to sustainable funding in Vietnam, the place we’ve an excellent staff with robust connections to our clients. To date, we’ve 9 crops right here with greater than 1,000 staff and a profound understanding of the market attributable to our greater than 2,000 tier-2 retailers with greater than 10,000 installers expert in utilizing a variety of Saint-Gobain’s light-weight merchandise. So we need to proceed to complement our understanding and involvement on this market.

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