Our sustainability goals
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a collection of 17 global goals that together represent a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. Hexagon Ragasco has chosen six of the goals that are closely linked to our core operations and business strategy.
Goal 3: Good health and well-being
3.9: Our product contributes to safe and healthy solutions for cooking worldwide. LPG is a cleaner cooking fuel compared to wood, charcoal, kerosene and animal dung; widely used in many developing countries. LPG also leaves no soot particles. Our composite products do not corrode, which reduces the risk of gas leaks and accidents. Our product technology ensures near-zero gas permeation.
Goal 7: Affordable and clean energy
7.1: LPG is a transition fuel and has a significantly lower carbon footprint than other traditional cooking fuels, such as wood or charcoal. Our composite products do not corrode, which reduces the risk of gas leaks and accidents and they have a long lifetime (> 21 years). Our cylinders are more sustainable in transportation and more ergonomically-friendly during handling than most steel cylinders. As our cylinders are translucent, users can see the content remaining.
7.2: Our cylinders are fully compatible with Bio-LPG, also called renewable LPG.
Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth
8.2: Our production is fully automated with focus on lean manufacturing.
8.4: Our product is already lightweight and we invest in R&D to further reduce the resource use in production. By internally recycling our own liner waste, we are increasing our resource efficiency. (Our product's lifetime is 21+ years)
8.6: Both apprentices and trainees are under employment.
Goal 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure
9.4: Our products are in use in approximately 100 countries in the world, and many of these are developing countries. Our lightweight products contribute to easier deliveries to remote or hard to reach areas.
9.5: We invest substantial amounts on R&D projects and innovation for sustainability, using both internal resources and in collaboration with research institutions and universities. Some examples of research topics are reduction of material use and recycling of product waste flows.
Goal 12: Responsable consumption and production
12.2: Through substantial R&D efforts we continuously work to improve our product and production in order to reduce waste generation, and finding ways to reuse or recycle our product. Our lightweight products are inherent resource-efficient and through high quality they have proven a long lifetime (21+ years).
12.4: Through ISO 14001 certification and our closed production facility all chemicals and emissions are carefully handled according to requirements. Our zero-emissions strategy has proven successful.
12.5: We have internally recycled plastics waste from liners since the start, and the internal recycling is now being scaled up to include the casing parts. Our casing spare parts concept ensures the continued use of the pressure vessel despite damages on casing.
12.6: We transparently report our efforts in our sustainability report, according to the GRI standard. We request specific material carbon footprint from our suppliers to push them towards sustainable thinking.
Goal 17: Partnerships for the goals
17.16: Through our sales and through participation in the Innovation Norway programs "UN Global Growth" and "Global Gateways by IN" we strive to build global innovative partnerships to solve important missions for a.o. developing countries. Through our partnerships in Cooking4Life, World LPG Association, Liquid Gas Europe and UN Global Compact, we actively seek cross-functional partnerships for more effective aid linked to our products.
17.17: We team up with the local networks of our customers worldwide (both public and private) to enhance processes and secure funding to get cleaner and safer LPG to the people. An example is from Bangladesh, where our customer has got local private funding to supply our gas cylinders to camps for displaced Rohingya refugees.