Saint-Gobain, the world leader in light and sustainable construction


Saint-Gobain, the world leader in light and sustainable construction, has affirmed its commitment to become carbon neutral by 2050, with the introduction of additional products and carbon neutral manufacturing plants around the world.

Having recently become the first player in the world to achieve zero carbon production of flat glass, at its glass manufacturing plant in Aniche, northern France, as well as currently developing the world’s first two carbon neutral plasterboard manufacturing plants in both Canada and Norway, the company is putting its money where it matters to help fight global climate change and develop ecologically sustainable solutions.

“Together with and for our customers, we design, manufacture and distribute materials and solutions that have a positive impact on everyone’s life and provide well-being, while caring for the planet,” says Damien Peyrelongue, MD (Gyproc & Isover) from Saint-Gobain Africa. “Our 350 year-old history, collective strength and leadership empower us to pursue our development, by addressing the major challenges facing humanity, namely, climate change, resource protection and inclusion. Our ambition and purpose are to act every day to make the world a more beautiful and sustainable place in which to live.”

A elevated standard of plasterboard

In Africa, Saint-Gobain have eco-innovated their trusted and original RhinoBoard® plasterboard, which is now manufactured using EcoTech™. This allows the board to not only be easier to handle, but also easier to install.
“EcoTech™ is our enhanced engineering technology that provides an exceptional performance-to-weight ratio, achieving a higher calibre of performance and sustainability, while elevating the standard for plasterboard in the market,” explains Anton Marais, Head of Product (Gyproc).

RhinoBoard® plasterboards, now with EcoTech™, are produced with a 10%* reduction in carbon emissions and an 8%* reduction in water use. The boards are also made from recyclable materials. Manufactured with an advanced performance-to-weight ratio, the boards are not only easier to handle, but also allow for the transportation of more square metres per load. The new technology has also allowed for efficient usability as the board is now easier to cut, snap and fix, as well as offering improved handling and installation onsite.

Saint-Gobain cares about building better for people and the planet, by offering solutions that deliver sustainability and performance to drive the transformation of construction markets. These initiatives are just the beginning of Saint-Gobain’s journey towards Net-Zero, with ongoing and deliberate efforts to ensure sustainability targets are achieved.
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About Saint-Gobain

Worldwide leader in light and sustainable construction, Saint-Gobain designs, manufactures and distributes materials and services for the construction and industrial markets. Its integrated solutions for the renovation of public and private buildings, light construction and the decarbonization of construction and industry are developed through a continuous innovation process and provide sustainability and performance. The Group’s commitment is guided by its purpose, “MAKING THE WORLD A BETTER HOME”.

About Gyproc

Our Saint-Gobain Gypsum brands are represented by 5 brands: Gyproc®, Placo®, Rigips®, CertainTeed® and British Gypsum®. Our Saint-Gobain Gypsum brands care about building better for people and the planet. They design, manufacture and market solutions for walls, partitions, ceilings and facades that deliver sustainability and performance. They serve those who build and those who spend time in buildings while addressing a variety of markets in construction and renovation. With over 13 800 employees, our Gypsum brands provide plaster and plasterboard solutions in 39 countries, through 100 sites.
• €44.2 billion in sales in 2021
• 166,000 employees,
• locations in 75 countries
• Committed to achieving Carbon Neutrality by 2050