Knauf Insulation made ‘Business Champion’ for net zero carbon

Knauf Insulation has been selected as a net zero ‘Business Champion’ by the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) and Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy for the CO2nstructZero initiative.

The company joins a select group of major contractors, consultants, architects, engineers, manufacturers and sub-contractors committed to demonstrating leadership and promoting best practice to reduce construction carbon emissions.

Neil Hargreaves, managing director of Knauf Insulation Northern Europe, said: “As the biggest supplier of insulation into newbuild homes in the UK, and the nation’s only manufacturer of both glass and rock mineral wool, we know we have an important role to play. Especially as the industry transitions towards much stricter ‘real performance’ standards.”

Business Champions are required to share tangible evidence of the steps they are taking to respond to the net zero carbon challenge, and to commit to sharing data and learnings with the industry.

Neil added: “Improved insulation will be at the heart of UK construction’s efforts to decarbonise, but operational carbon is only one side of the equation. To create genuinely low-carbon buildings, we’ll need to create them using low-carbon materials. That’s why we’re taking bold action now to reduce the embodied carbon and environmental impact of our products.”

Knauf Insulation has set specific targets for 2025 as part of its recently published sustainability strategy, ‘For a Better World’. These include:

  • Reducing the embodied carbon of its products by 15% compared with 2019
  • Investing 10% of its general capital expenditure on new sustainability projects
  • Cutting its organisational carbon footprint by at least 25%
  • Sending zero waste to landfill from its manufacturing plants across the group
  • Reducing virgin plastic packaging by 25%
  • Setting new higher minimum levels of recycled materials in products and packaging.