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An Interview with Tarkett VP Diane Martel on Environmental Responsibility

March 14, 2017

Tarkett is a global leader in innovative flooring and sports surfaces solutions, offering a wide range of products to customers in more than 100 countries across the globe.

This valued customer of ENGIE Resources has made a unique commitment to sustainable development, and sustainability has been woven into virtually every aspect of the company’s operations. With a business model designed to promote a circular economy, Tarkett aims to optimize resource consumption while reducing waste and avoiding pollution.

Market Monitor recently sat down with Diane Martel, Vice President of Environmental Planning and Strategy for Tarkett North America, to find out more about the company’s approach to sustainability and the important role an environmentally responsible energy management strategy plays in achieving its goals.

Tell me about what sustainability means to Tarkett.
Over the last several years, Tarkett has worked to ingrain sustainability as a core strategy, ensuring profitable growth while balancing environmental and social issues. It is one of our three strategic organizational pillars along with innovation and customer experience. These are embedded into every function within our organization.

In short, we believe that successful business models must go far beyond financial performance. They must also contribute to a better quality of life and address future global challenges. We want to make a tangible difference in that regard, and our business strategy reflects that commitment.

What is Tarkett’s “2020 Vision”?
2020 Vision is essentially our near-term road map for being a responsible industrial partner. It is segmented into four key areas – good materials, resource stewardship, people-friendly spaces, and reuse – and it is designed to engage our teams and partners to work together to drive sustainable strategies.

In terms of materials, we want to both choose responsible materials and increase the share of renewable and recyclable materials in our supply chain. Under resource stewardship, we aim to reduce the amount of fresh and potable water we use, and to decrease energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. When we help customers develop people-friendly spaces, we want to ensure indoor air quality, health, and well-being with phthalate-free design solutions as well as products having low and/or non-detectable VOC emissions. And we intend to reuse whenever possible by ensuring that all manufacturing waste that leaves our facilities enters a biological or technical cycle. Take-back programs for flooring solutions also allow us to truly close the loop on usage.

Critical metrics have been established in each area, with goals to achieve by 2020. Progress is measured monthly and reported annually to our stakeholders. We’ve purposefully set the bar high, but we’re performing well, and by our aligning efforts throughout our locations across the globe, we hope to make a measurable impact.

How is ENGIE Resources supporting Tarkett’s 2020 Vision?
Our worldwide goal is to reduce both energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions at all Tarkett locations by 20 percent from 2010 to 2020. We have instituted practices to decrease usage, but we cannot achieve our targets through energy reduction strategies alone. ENGIE Resources is helping us get there by supplying renewable energy certificates (RECs) to offset all electricity consumption at the company’s North American headquarters and manufacturing sites in Ohio.

By purchasing the RECs, Tarkett is adding an estimated 30 million kWh annually of demand to the marketplace for carbon-neutral energy generation while supporting the domestic development of renewable energy sources, which helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Are you engaged in any other energy-related initiatives to complement your electricity procurement strategy?
Absolutely. We monitor performance indicators every month and require that a certain percentage of capital investments annually be spent on energy management as well as on simple environmentally friendly improvements, such as lighting conversions and upgrades.

With 12,000 employees, 34 industrial sites, and net sales of 2.7 billion euros in 2015, Tarkett sells 1.3 million square meters of flooring every day, for hospitals, schools, housing, hotels, offices, stores, and sports fields. For more information, visit