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We have set out four key sustainability strategic priorities. Targets for three of these are embedded into our management incentive arrangements.

  • Becoming a zero-accident company.

  • Reducing our Scope 1 and Scope 2 CO2e emissions to reach net zero by 2050 at the latest.
  • Helping our customers reduce their own CO2 emissions. 

  • Increasing gender diversity in the Senior Leadership Group and at every level of the Company.


Vesuvius Board has identified nine significant non-financial KPIs for the business, covering the Group’s main sustainability objectives.

These KPIs were defined when the sustainability strategy was launched in 2020. Most targets associated with the KPIs have a deadline in 2025. Focus on these KPIs has been maintained in the following years.

In 2024, we will begin work on selecting the 2030 targets and KPIs. We have set stretching targets for the Group’s sustainability KPIs to reach within set time frames. These are set out in the table below. In view of the progress made, the reduction of Scope 1 and Scope 2 CO2e emissions target was increased in 2022 from 10% to 20% and its coverage increased from Energy CO2e to all CO2e emissions.

KPI Measure Target 2023 progress vs plan1 2023 progress Main domain UN Sustainable Development Goals
Safety Lost time Injury Frequency Rate < 1 Ahead of schedule 0.6 Our people 3,8
Energy intensity By 2025, reduce energy intensity per metric tonne of product packed for shipment (vs 2019) -10% On plan -7.2%1,2,3 Our planet 9,13
Energy CO2e emissions intensity By 2025, reduce Scope 1 and Scope 2 CO2e emission intensity per metric tonne of product packed for shipment (vs 2019) -20% Ahead of schedule -20.2%1,2,3 Our planet 9, 12, 13
Wastewater By 2025, reduce waterwaste per metric tonne of product packed for shipment (vs 2019) -25% Behind plan -11.6%1,2,3 Our planet 6,9,12
Solid waste By 2025, reduce solid waste (hazardous and sent to landfill) per metric tonne of product packed for shipment (vs 2019) -25% Ahead of schedule -19.7%1,2,3 Our planet 9,12
Recycled material By 2025, increase the proportion of recycled materials from external sources used in production 7% Behind plan 5.7%1,2,3 Our customers 9,12
Gender diversity  By 2025, increase female representation in the Senior Leadership Group (approx. 150 top managers) 25% On plan 20% Our people 5
Compliance training

Increase the percentage of targeted staff who complete anti-bribery and corruption training annually

90% Ahead of schedule 100% Our communities 16
Supply chain By the end of 2023, conduct sustainability assessments of our raw materials suppliers (as a percentage of Group raw material spend) 50% Target achieved 52% Our communities 8,10

During 2023, our production of dolime was considerably reduced, following an incident in January which incapacitated one of our rotary kilns. As dolime production is a major contributor to the Group’s tonnage and CO2 emissions, the change in product mix skews environmental performance comparisons both with prior years and with the 2025 target. The table above therefore contains pro forma performance figures as if the dolime process had been operating normally to preserve meaningful comparability. The actual figures are set out in a footnote to the table. 

1. Re-baselined using pre-acquisition data for the business acquired from Universal Refractories, Inc. (Vesuvius Penn Corporation), and BMC (Yingkou YingWei Magnesium Co., Ltd). 

2. Pro forma: performance as if the dolime process had been operating normally in 2023. 

3. Actual Group performance for 2023, with actual dolime production: Energy intensity -14.6%, CO2e emission intensity -45.5%, Wastewater -4.0%, Solid waste -13.4%, Recycled material 6.5%.