Responsible supply chain

We recognise that suppliers are a vital component in helping us achieve our sustainability objectives, whether that be our commitment to a 20% reduction in CO2  by 2020 or by increasing levels of recycled content in our products.

In a time of crisis, there are many challenges but we believe collaboration throughout our supply chain is essential in advancing our sustainable growth.

When it comes to improving the sustainability of a company and doing things better, improving every detail of every part of a supply chain adds up to making a significant difference.

From fundamental changes to packaging to simple efficiencies in a process we are addressing, our supply chain impacts. Managing that chain starts with mapping it out, that’s why we’re working with our major suppliers to find out how they manage quality, safety, environment  and quality risk.

At Knauf Insulation there is still plenty of work to be done and as our supply chain management programme develops, we will increase the range of sustainability issues covered.

Our contribution to a circular economy

Our products save energy and resources – far more energy and resources than are required to produce them. What’s more, we are committed to ensuring that our products and solutions are produced using the least amount of resources. In 2008 our typical Glass Mineral Wool product would go on to save 489 units of energy for every unit used to produce it. Now, the same product saves even more – 570 units of energy saved for every unit used to produce it! Furthermore, to transport our products, we have developed compression technology and that means it takes less energy to transport more product. We are also working on how to deal with insulation at the ‘end-of-life’, including looking at construction and demolition waste.

Our improvements at a glance

Packaging

In 2014 Knauf Insulation switched a type of film it used to wrap insulation to a thinner film. The change cut the amount of film used by 27.3%. Compared to the previous film, 0.766kg less CO2 emissions is caused per kilogramme by the thinner film. This adds up to a reduction of 23.4% of CO2 emissions.

E-invoicing

Knauf Insulation’s Central Purchasing Organisation is requesting all its suppliers in Germany to change its processes and procedures to provide invoices as an electronic PDF file rather than a paper copy. This is one of many signals of intent to pursue more sustainable practices at all levels. After a successful starting phase we’ll continue to roll it out across the organisation in 2015.

 Logistics

◆ We have used recycled plastic since 2004 and recycled pallets since 2005 in our UK operations.

◆ Supakube advanced compression technology, introduced in 2009, allows customers to receive more product per full load with fewer trips between a job site and warehouse.

◆ Transport companies are asked to ensure proper fleet management systems to ensure regular update of their trucks to European standards. These requirements are standard prerequisite in the company’s purchasing policy and integrated within its tendering processes.

◆ We recently completed a major upgrade of stitching and packaging technique changes in pallet sizes and improvements in packaging techniques, which allowed a 30% increase in technical insulation product per pallet, lowering freight costs and reducing our environmental footprint.

◆ Our durable Master Bags in North America protect products from damage and allow more efficient and safer use of warehouse stacking space.

 

 To see more about our commitment to zero waste to landfill and zero negative impact on resource use, see our company sustainability page.