High-performance insulation maker beats zero net energy targets
Kingspan, a global leader in high performance insulation and building envelope solutions, has beaten its target of generating at least half its aggregate energy use from renewable resources by 2016, the company said.
Kingspan’s aggregate renewable energy use was 57 percent of its total energy use in 2016, meaning the company is on track to hit its goal, set in 2011, of operating at Net Zero Energy (NZE) by 2020.
Kingspan’s North American operations have successfully passed the halfway mark as well by also reaching 57 percent of total renewable energy use. Each individual manufacturing site, which includes panel, flooring, insulation, daylighting and solar integrated building envelope solutions, are pursuing regionally appropriate energy conversation and renewable measures, officials said.
Kingspan employs more than 10,000 people at more than 90 manufacturing plants operating around the world. In North America, Kingspan employs more than 1,500 staff members at 16 manufacturing and distribution facilities.
The Winchester, Va., Kingspan Insulation facility performed well above average at 74 percent of its total energy use from renewable resources in 2016.
Globally, Kingspan Group has taken a three-pronged approach to reducing its energy foot print:
- Save more energy: Energy efficiency measures introduced by Kingspan have reduced the company’s overall lighting and heat costs by more than 30 percent and achieved almost a four-fold decrease in carbon intensity levels.
- Generate more renewable energy: Kingspan’s onsite renewable energy generation jumped from 6.6 GWh in 2012 to 32.2 GWh in 2016 through the use of solar, wind and biomass technologies. Onsite generation across multiple sites globally currently supplies 7.6 percent of the company’s total energy use, and more projects are under construction. For example, in 2015, Ireland’s largest solar PV roof panel installation was made at its Portadown facility, which generates 30 percent of the plant’s energy needs.
- Buy more renewable energy: Kingspan has taken steps to ensure that where renewable energy can’t be produced onsite, it is procured from fully-certified sources. In 2016, all the electricity used at manufacturing sites in North America was procured from certified renewable sources. Globally in 2016, the group used 164.2 GWh of renewable electricity, almost a six- fold increase from 2011 (and equivalent to not burning 55 metric tons of coal).
“We have succeeded because every part of the business pulls its weight and makes reducing Kingspan’s carbon footprint a key business objective,” said Russell Shiels, president of Kingspan North America.
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