Knauf Insulation is proud to have achieved one of the most important and widely respected International Management Standards for sustainability – EN 16001 (Energy Management) – in a clear demonstration of the company’s commitment to improving the sustainability of manufacturing and products.
EN 16001 (Energy Management) is a framework for the systematic management of energy and represents the latest best practice, building upon existing national standards and initiatives. Knauf Insulation is therefore delighted to have reached the exacting standards required by the framework and is further pleased to have had this achievement certified by one of the leading conformity assessment organisations, Bureau Veritas.
Allan Morgans, European Energy Manager, commented: “Individual commitments are important but putting the right management systems in place will help ensure that Knauf Insulation can continually improve across all key sustainability metrics. Insulation has a critical role to play in creating a sustainable built environment – at the same time, insulation manufacturers also have an important responsibility to ensure that insulation and its manufacture becomes ever more sustainable.”
Being one of the fastest growing manufacturers of insulation materials, Knauf Insulation’s attitude and effect on the environment in which it operates has grown, and with it, so has Knauf Insulation’s responsibility to manage these impacts responsibly. As such, the company published ‘Insulation Matters’, its first Group Sustainability Report in December 2010, which set out activities during 2009 and 2010, as well as details about how Knauf Insulation will continue to grow responsibly in the future.
Twelve months on, and the company is now publishing its second Sustainability Report, which looks at the issue of energy dependence and the crucial role that energy savings from the built environment have to play in improving the global situation. Recognizing that this is not an easy task, the report also looks at the challenges that exist for both delivering low energy buildings and in improving the sustainability of both insulation products and company performance.
Within the report, Knauf Insulation sets clear long-term sustainability goals, to give a definite direction for where the company is heading. Therefore, whilst last year’s Sustainability Report was a first snapshot of where Knauf Insulation stood on sustainability, this year’s report goes beyond simply reporting on figures and instead sets out focus areas and aims, including a commitment to zero waste and zero carbon production, as well as becoming an employer of choice.
The Knauf Insulation Sustainability Report 2011 is available on the sustainability pages of the corporate website www.knaufinsulation.co.uk/sustainability.aspx
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