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Green Solutions for South Africa’s Future
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Green Solutions for South Africa’s Future

Posted on 06.03.2023 - updated on: 07.03.2023
Green Solutions for South Africa’s Future

Making the planet a better home

In 2019, Saint-Gobain made its commitment to a ‘net zero carbon’ ambition by 2050. They continue to develop innovative solutions for construction that are energy-efficient and preserving of natural resources – all within the life cycle of a product. Their mission is to meet the highest standards of sustainability while providing excellent performance.

How do Gyproc’s plaster systems contribute to sustainability and functionality?

Gyproc offers a wide range of lightweight gypsum plasters for both interior and exterior applications giving you a smooth, high-quality finish. By efficiently using natural resources to produce its various plaster systems, there is a focus on recycling and reducing future wastage in the product’s life cycle.


  • Plaster products are high-performing, durable solutions, reducing the need for frequent repair. This helps reduce the overall environmental impact of construction and renovation.
  • Gyproc’s RhinoLite®range is GreenTag certified and locally produced in Cape Town and Johannesburg. This reduces the company’s carbon footprint and supports local communities. 
  • Local plants have seen a reduction in carbon emission by 72 tons per annum


Global GreenTag is one of the world’s most trusted and widely recognized eco-labels. For any product to feature the accolade and green rating, rigorous testing and evidence-based criteria need to be ticked off.


Read more on Gyproc’s plaster products: https://www.gyproc.co.za/product-plasters

How do RhinoBoard products fare compare to competitors?

Saint-Gobain's Gyproc RhinoBoard® is easy-to-handle plasterboard and consists of an aerated or foamed gypsum core encased in 100% recycled paper liners. RhinoBoard® is used as lining/cladding for ceilings, drywalls and dry lining and is made from less water, less energy and less waste. 


  • Easier to lift, with a trusted flex on-site – the same trusted strength
  • RhinoBoard® with EcoTech, for example, has crisper edges, cleaner cuts, and improved snaps. You can transport more m2 per load from store to site.
  • Gyproc RhinoBoard® 9mm and 12.5 mm products are EPD-accredited through life-cycle assessments from our Brakpan and Cape Town plants.


Find a solution for your project: https://www.gyproc.co.za/product-boards

What impact do steel profiles make?

Gyproc's building solutions contribute to sustainability by actively pursuing ways to reduce CO2 emissions from steel, which accounts for 22% of the group's product portfolio of emissions.

Metal profiles are recyclable and efficiently packed to meet specific project requirements, reducing transportation costs and on-site waste.

Steel is naturally suited for the circular economy and its recycling, combined with the use of iron ore in production, and offers economic value. However, recycling steel also consumes a significant amount of energy and results in transport-related emissions.

The group is committed to reducing waste and emissions at every stage of steel production, from responsible extraction of raw materials to end-of-life processing of steel profiles. By reducing the weight of profiles while maintaining performance and clearly defining high-end and fit-for-purpose profiles, Gyproc is working towards its goal of reaching zero carbon emissions by 2030 and net zero by 2050.

Find out more about our Gypframe® offerings here: https://www.gyproc.co.za/product-metals

Choosing Quality, Choosing Responsibility

Sustainable construction is a vital aspect of creating a future by protecting our environment while prioritising locally-sourced products.


Companies like Saint-Gobain believe that we all play a role in choosing products that benefit the community and planet.


Watch: The Saint-Gobain Purpose for a Common Future