Kingspan Insulation - Sustainability

Kingspan Insulation UK

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Kingspan Insulation's Castleblayney site

Kingspan Insulation has a long-term commitment to sustainability and responsibility: as a manufacturer and supplier of insulation products; as an employer; as a substantial landholder; and as a key member of its neighbouring communities. The company aims to adopt and apply best practice sustainability principles by ensuring environmental, social and economic parameters are considered in an integrated way in the operation of its business. The manner in which Kingspan Insulation achieves this aim is detailed in the company's Sustainability & Responsibility Report.

Kingspan Insulation is conscious of the nature of the raw materials it uses and the need to optimise energy and raw material usage and prevent or minimise pollution and environmental damage. Kingspan Insulation considers it is a matter of social responsibility to be open and honest about the environmental impact of the manufacture of its products, and a full Environmental Profile based on Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) is recognised as the preferred tool to achieve this. In 2002, Kingspan Insulation was the first insulation manufacturer to openly complete and publish an independently certified Environmental Profile on one of its product ranges. This was produced by the BRE using the BRE Environmental Profiles Methodology. This Methodology produces Green Guide Ratings which can be used to gain credits in whole building environmental assessment tools such as BREEAM and the Code for Sustainable Homes. Kingspan Insulation has maintained continuous certification since its first Environmental Profile was produced and its latest certified results are available by following the link to Green Guide Ratings.

Sustainability issues, however, extend far beyond the confines of a company's own operations. Raw material supply chains can have an all too easy to ignore impact on a business' sustainability performance. The ultimate goal in this area is to source raw materials responsibly. The main whole building environmental assessment tools used in the UK, BREEAM and the Code for Sustainable Homes, award credits for responsible sourcing of building materials other than insulation. BREEAM 2008 also awards credits for insulation products on the basis of the ISO 14001 certification status of a business and its immediate suppliers. The current (April 2008) version of the Code for Sustainable Homes does not award credits for the responsible sourcing of insulation materials, though it is expected that this will change in the future. Details of Kingspan Insulation and its suppliers' ISO 14001 certification can be found by following the link to Responsible Sourcing. These assessment tools are beginning to award extra credits for responsible sourcing based on the BRE Framework Standard for Responsible Sourcing: BES 6001. Kingspan Insulation is currently working towards certification to BES 6001.