From ash piles to a carbon negative raw material – Tarkett and Ragn-Sells partner to fight climate change

Tarkett, a world leader in flooring and sports surface solutions, and the environmental company Ragn-Sells have signed a Letter of Intent with the objective of jointly developing carbon negative material loops. This will support the creation of sustainable solutions that drive the transition to a circular economy to help fight climate change.

Almost 50 percent of the world’s climate emissions comes from the production and consumption of goods and materials1), and the extraction and transformation of virgin raw materials. To be able to reach the goals set in the Paris climate agreement, circular material flows must be established which recover resources already extracted and put them to use again and again, drastically reducing the carbon footprint.

Both companies share a long-term commitment: to be a driving force in the transition to a business and society built on circular economy by developing and implementing sustainable solutions that reduce carbon emissions, as well as support a healthy environment.

„Tänapäeva ühiskond põhineb loodusvarade jätkusuutmatul kasutamisel. Ragn-Sells on võtnud eesmärgiks tuua rohkem juba kasutatud ressursse tagasi ringlusse. Nende materjaliahelate ühendamiseks peame tegema koostööd väärtusahela teiste kasutajatega, ”ütleb Pär Larshans, Ragn-Sells Groupi jätkusuutlikkuse direktor. „Tarkett on suurepärane näide ettevõttest, mis jagab meie visiooni ja pühendumust ning ootame väga koostöö arenguid,” jätkab Larshans.

Initially, the collaboration will focus on developing a carbon negative PCC product (precipitated calcium carbonate) for potential use as a filler material in Tarkett’s sustainable flooring. PCC is a widely used raw material in many industries, for example in the manufacturing of building materials, paper, and plastic

Ragn-Sells’ unique solution extracts resources from landfill waste from energy production in Estonia and uses captured carbon dioxide to produce a carbon negative PCC product, meaning that the product consumes more carbon dioxide than it emits.

For Tarkett, this project has the potential to produce flooring with raw materials that contribute to the clean-up of the environment in Estonia while capturing carbon dioxide. As a result, our vinyl flooring will have a lower carbon footprint and an increased amount of recycled content. This is exactly the kind of innovative and robust partnership that we believe will pave the way for a circular and carbon neutral society, says Arnaud Marquis, Chief Sustainability Officer at Tarkett.