Knauf Insulation takes four steps towards greater sustainability

By Knauf Australia
November 23, 2011

During 2010, Knauf Insulation began a process to move from growing responsibly to focusing even greater attention on responsible growth. Beyond the adoption of our first group sustainability report, Knauf Insulation also adopted a number of sustainability commitments for 2011, many focused on further improving the sustainability of manufacturing. Specific commitments included improved energy efficiency, increasing recycling levels and increasing the amount of renewable energy that are used on site.

The standards achieved cover quality, environment, energy and health and safety management and demonstrate Knauf Insulation's commitment to improving the sustainability of manufacturing and products.

During 2010, Knauf Insulation began a process to move from growing responsibly to focusing even greater attention on responsible growth. Beyond the adoption of our first group sustainability report, Knauf Insulation also adopted a number of sustainability commitments for 2011, many focused on further improving the sustainability of manufacturing. Specific commitments included improved energy efficiency, increasing recycling levels and increasing the amount of renewable energy that are used on site.

Beyond these individual commitments, at Knauf Insulation we are aware that sustainability is about continual improvements across all key sustainability metrics. We at Knauf Insulation are therefore delighted to have achieved four of the most important International Management Standards for sustainability, namely ISO 9001 (Quality Management), ISO 14001 (Environmental Management), EN 16001 (Energy Management) and OHSAS 18001 (Health and Safety Management) for all our Europe, Russia and CIS Plants. Knauf Insulation was also pleased to have had this achievement certified by one of the leading conformity assessment organsiations, Bureau Veritas.

"Individual commitments are important but putting in place the right management systems will help ensure that Knauf Insulation can continually improve across all key sustainability metrics," explained David Ducarme, Group Technical Director. David Ducarme continued, "We are therefore proud to have achieved ISO 9001, 14001, EN 16001 and OHSAS 18001 for all our Europe and CIS manufacturing plants".

"Insulation has a critical role 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" explained Tony Robson, Group CEO of Knauf Insulation. Tony Robson continued, "Being one of the first companies in our sector to achieve all four standards for all Europe, Russia and CIS manufacturing plants strengthens my view that at Knauf Insulation we are taking our responsibility seriously."

About Knauf Insulation

Knauf Insulation is one of the largest insulation manufacturers in the world, and offers a wide range of insulation materials to meet the growing demand for energy efficiency and acoustic performance in new and existing homes, commercial buildings and industrial applications. Its employees are active in more than 35 countries across over 30 manufacturing sites, including an engineering centre, for the production of glass mineral wool, rock mineral wool, wood wool, extruded polystyrene, expanded polystyrene and extruded polyethylene. The company's products offer an unrivalled range for building insulation, technical insulation in industrial use, heating, ventilation and air conditioning applications, and original equipment manufacturing solutions.

About ECOSE Technology

In the middle of 2009, Knauf Insulation marketed the formaldehyde-free binder ECOSE® Technology for mineral wool for the first time. The basis is a primarily bio-based binder without the addition of artificial colours or dyes to ensure that the already environmentally friendly mineral wool insulation materials from Knauf Insulation have taken a further step in the direction of improved sustainability. As part of its commitment to more sustainable products, Knauf Insulation has shifted the manufacturing of all glass mineral wool worldwide to this binder.