Beckers Sustainability Index
To measure our progress towards our ambitious targets, we have developed the Beckers Sustainability Index (BSI) Matrix. Beckers offers a transparent product classification tool to map and measure full systems’ sustainability. It will help the industry and Beckers for both R&D and commercial purposes.
The BSI classifies the sustainable impact of coating systems via a material and functional dimension. It has already been widely in use for Coil Coatings. In 2020, we began with the classification of Industrial Coatings. In order to simplify communication, all existing and new products will be placed into one of four defined classes that uniquely reflect our products’ sustainability attributes.
The indicator for functional sustainability within the BSI provides a measure of how much the applied coating contributes to improving the sustainability of the coated object. Sustainable functions can be related to improving product lifetime, improving product energy efficiency, reducing product material use, or even improving the wellbeing of the user of the object. Functional sustainability will be our competitive advantage in the future.
Materially sustainable coatings are derived from minerals that are sustainably mined and not scarce in nature, based on renewable (bio-based or recycled) raw materials, free from persistent and toxic substances and have a minimized contribution to the degradation of the environment. Material sustainability is key for responsible production.
Net-sustainable coatings are coatings that fulfill the highest standards in regard to functional and material sustainability. In other words, they are products that are placed in the highest class of the BSI coating system because they significantly improve the sustainability of the coated object and receive a high score in the material sustainability category.