It also provides a platform for monitoring improvement actions. For more information, see Note 7. Engaging employees During 2015, we continued to engage employees from around the world on the theme of sustainability through our Planet Possible activities. For more information, see Note 6. Energy and climate Our aim is to achieve cost-effective energy sources and maximize sustainable impact while being prepared for future developments. For our energy-intensive production processes, we are actively engaging in diversifying the energy mix to lower risks and enhancing our sustainability performance by reducing our carbon footprint and increasing the use of renewable energy. Information on some new energy partnership, for example with Eneco, and bio-based raw materials partnerships are included in the case studies, the Business performance section and Note 5 of this section. In addition, we engaged in a number of consortia on innovations in bio-based chemistry. We co-chair the WBCSD Chemicals Sector Reaching Full Potential working group. Following work to develop a consensus approach to aspects of lifecycle assessment, the focus in 2015 was on partnerships to accelerate uptake of more sustainable products. AkzoNobel led the Energy Efficiency in Buildings Benelux Laboratory to contribute to the EU energy efficiency goals of 20 percent in 2020 and 27-30 percent in 2030. The team convened a wide range of building stakeholders to support the development/implementation of ambitious, practical, retrofitting solutions for large-scale residential buildings, schools and public and private office buildings. Developing good practice As part of our efforts for continuous improvement and the development of good practice, we participate in a range of activities that offer the opportunity to learn from and share and engage with a broad group of stakeholders. We are incorporating natural capital thinking to ensure our business is sustainable as it grows. During 2015, we tested the outcome of some of these activities in the extended four-dimensional profit and loss (4D P&L) pilot, as described in the case study in this section. We continue to use our membership of the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) business engagement network to increase awareness and inspiration for AkzoNobel employees. Leaders for Nature, in place since 2006, is the IUCN NL business engagement network of 20 multinationals and major Dutch enterprises working together on greening the economy. The main biodiversity focus for our own operations is on climate change mitigation (through the adoption of a carbon mitigation policy) and pollution control (monitoring air, water and soil emissions). We have also incorporated an assessment element in the 4D P&L pilot.
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