Sustainability and energy use
We’ve been over on the UKGBC blog recently talking about ‘Reaping the benefits of reporting’; discussing our sustainability reporting process and the benefits we have found from this activity and in this blog we are taking this further by having a look at a specific part of our sustainability reporting process; energy & greenhouse gas emissions.
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is one of the major challenges that is facing businesses and governments in the 21st century and we, as a company, are committed to minimising our greenhouse gas emissions.
But what does this mean in practice?
Kingspan Insulation is working towards achieving zero net energy by 2020 and there are a number of different methods that we have been applying to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and they fall under three main areas:
- Renewable Energy sources
- We are developing renewably energy infrastructure for our manufacturing sites . Both our Pembridge and Selby sites now have PV arrays – some of the largest in the UK. Anaerobic digesters are also used to produce gas which is fed through CHP plants to provide power and heat for our Pembridge site. This uses poultry manure and other feedstock from local farms.
- Reducing Energy use
- By increasing the manufacturing efficiency, i.e. reducing the energy consumption per unit of production using a range of methods from increasing the conversion efficiency of raw materials to adding skylights to increase daylighting.
- Energy saving methods which include fitting LED lighting, switching equipment when not in use, have helped to reduce the amount of energy used on site and in traveling between sites.
- Monitoring Energy use
- An ongoing process of monitoring what energy is used and where has helped identify areas where savings can be made and respond to anomalies more quickly.
How anyone can apply these principles.
Obviously as a large manufacturing business there is a scale of activities that allow for some of these measures to be put in place – anaerobic digesters are probably not suitable for your home, but the principles still apply.
- Using green / renewable energy tariffs.
- Reducing energy use – i.e. increasing the building efficiency. Often the greatest potential savings of CO2 come from providing better insulation. For more information about potential savings, take a look at our domestic refurbishment brochure.
- Use a home energy meter to work out what energy you are using, and when you are using it to identify methods of reducing this.
To see all our sustainabiltiy work have a look at our website.
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